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Doug Ford, on Ford Nation Being Just Like Braveheart

Rob Ford's campaign manager now drawing political inspiration from movies about 13th-century Scottish warriors.

“When the snow melts—have you ever seen Braveheart when the guys are coming over the hill? That’s going to be Ford Nation coming at these guys. That’s strength is the ground game.”

—Doug Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North), Rob Ford’s campaign manager, painting a vivid word picture (which inevitably became a vivid actual picture on the front page of the Sun) of what Ford Nation will look like descending upon mayoral challengers John Tory and NDP MP Olivia Chow—who, according to Doug, “would make sure it was winter all the way to October.” It is only fair, we suppose, that the Ford brothers be able to somehow harness the full force of William Wallace when combating political foes imbued with the power of Narnia’s White Witch.


  • vampchick21

    Ummmm….dougie boy? Did you watch the movie past that part? Or are you even aware of the actual history?

    Just so you are aware darling dougie – this is what happened to Braveheart (the real one)….

    “Following the trial, on 23 August 1305, Wallace was taken from the hall to the Tower of London, then stripped naked and dragged through the city at the heels of a horse to the Elms at Smithfield.[24] He was hanged, drawn and quartered — strangled by hanging but released while he was still alive, emasculated, eviscerated and his bowels burnt before him, beheaded, then cut into four parts. His preserved head (dipped in tar) was placed on a pike atop London Bridge. It was later joined by the heads of the brothers, John and Simon Fraser. His limbs were displayed, separately, in Newcastle upon Tyne, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Stirling, and Perth.”

    PS: That’s how the movie Braveheart died too.

    • bobloblawbloblawblah

      I don’t want Rob Ford dragged naked by a horse through the streets(“buck naked men running in the streets!” ). Beheading and burning his bowels is a bit harsh too. I do want to see him and his nasty, divisive politics and his loudmouth brother crushed convincingly on October 27, 2014. I have great hopes this will happen and I’m going to enjoy the Circus until then.

      • vampchick21

        Sooooo….no impaling then? You’re no fun anymore.

        • Radio_Mime

          If it helps you feel any better, I think Ford leading the men over the hill would only be slightly less hilarious, and no more awe inspiring, than Marg Delahunty Princess Warrior leading the charge with a plastic sword. (My apologies to This Hour has 22 Minutes.)

    • tomwest

      So that would be Newcastle ( ), Berwick ( ), Stirling ( ) and Perth ( )…

  • Dinah Might

    Mel Gibson? Why would Doug compare his brother Rob to somebody whose career and reputation were brought down by racism, misogyny, criminal behaviour, recordings of crazed rants…. oh.

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    • DaRob

      Well played, ma’am.

  • SonuvaScrimbro

    Oh, great. Now I’m picturing Rob and Doug in blue faces and wearing kilts the way real Scotsmen do. That’s going to leave a mark in my brain.

    “That’s strength is the ground game.” — I love how you can never tell if the editors are printing the Fords’ quotes verbatim or the gibberish results from honest typos.

  • SonuvaScrimbro

    You’re casting yourself and your followers as William Wallace’s army in Braveheart, Doug? Well, don’t stop there! Here are a few other movie scenes that I invite you to cast yourself in:

    - The final shoot-out in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”

    - The final canyon scene in “Thelma and Louise”

    - the perfect storm scene in, um, “The Perfect Storm”

    - any scene from the “Final Destination” movies

  • OgtheDim

    Ground game? Seriously?!?!

    They think they have a ground game GOTV?

    Run by whom?

    With what money?

    Doug is clueless about how to run an actual campaign and is clutching at straws based on what he watched happening from the sidelines last time around.

    The denials will not happen until that night. And even then, Rob and Doug will probably scream something about voter fraud.

    • vampchick21

      And he’s supposed to be the smart one……

    • SonuvaScrimbro

      Oh, I’m betting highly on them screaming “voter fraud” well before that night is over.

      You can already see it among their online natterers — they’re building up a scenario where the only way Ford can lose is by all the other candidates ganging up against him, or brokering “deals” to ensure his loss, or the elite media (controlled by Tory, of course) piling on his every misstep. Why, even the police investigation is another dirty trick because “they” know they can’t defeat him honestly at the polls.

      Sad, is what it is.

    • torontothegreat

      I think what he means by a ground game is literally walking door to door. Ford is actually pretty good at this, I was absolutely shocked when I opened the door near the last election and lo and behold he was standing there.

      Not one other candidate even put a flyer in my mailbox. That kind of crap goes a long way I’m sure (not with me, but others, I can imagine).

      • OgtheDim

        That’s not a GOTV.

        In the last mayoral election, Twohey and Kouvalis used the US approach of dozens of telephone town halls. It was focused on the inner suburbs, especially North York. IIRC, they got access to a provincial Tory database (that happening this time – Giornio is for Tory). And it got Rob a lot of notice, momentum and good will. They also robocalled a lot of people asking to see if they wanted in one of these. I got 2 calls like that.

        That is a VERY expensive operation.

        And the Ford’s, by all accounts, lost all that data, along with all the data they had collected over the last few years at Fordfests and other events, a few weeks ago when somebody lost a memory stick
        Ford’s never ever heard of “the cloud” it seems.

        And guess who’s using that technique this time around?

        A certain John Tory.

        As will likely Chow.

        • Punned_It

          Oh I hope he does the door to door thing. Everyone will want a picture with him and that will slow him down a bunch. If he lands on your doorstep, ask him for a photo and take a few minutes getting your camera.

          • torontothegreat

            Better yet, do what I do when a candidate you don’t like comes knocking; invite them in for a coffee and try to keep them there for as LONG AS POSSIBLE – this way, they are able to knock on less doors.

            When the candidate you ACTUALLY like knocks, tell them you support them and send them on their way.

            My family has been doing this for years and it’s just awesome.

        • rich1299

          Rob Ford was only unknown to those who avoid municipal politics like the plague. For anyone paying the slightest attention Ford was well known. This current state of affairs was predicted by some outgoing councillor, I forget who offhand. They said if Ford became mayor city council would just work around him and another councillor would be the real mayor. It took longer than expected but it happened much as predicted. Even before his powers were formally removed council effectively worked around Ford.

        • torontothegreat

          We are probably both right, but maybe both wrong. We are trying to decipher Doug Ford here, so there’s that…

      • Squintz

        Ground game might be a football reference too. I suspect because most of what they think about is football and football related…

  • Notcleverguy

    I thought we attacked Kuwait?

    Come on twit brothers, make up your collective half a mind.

    • Punned_It

      Wait! I thought it was the US that attacked Kuwait?
      Do you know what country you are in Robbie boy?

  • Sanyok

    And just like the Hollywood version of the Braveheart story, Doug is completely full of crap.

  • istoronto

    What’s this about waiting for the snow to melt? The Ford’s have been campaigning for Rob’s re-election since the day he became mayor. They’ve done little else. The best thing the media can do is ignore these buffoons, cover the real issues and candidates that have a vision for the city beyond some sort of Scotish Highland battlefield.

  • Notcleverguy

    You can take away his mayoral powers, but you’ll never take his fridge magnets!

    • istoronto

      Yeah, saw Rob on the news the other day doing his so called consituent visits in an apartment complex. His handler knocks on a door, it opens, Rob hands the person a fridge magnet and moves along to the next door. What a way of helping out your consituents, Rob.

      • allisonjayne

        UGH how is this not counted as campaigning?

        • vampchick21

          Because Doug says it isn’t.

        • torontothegreat

          This has bothered me too. The magnets say: “Rob Ford | Mayor” and I think that’s where the technicality lies. If it said “Rob Ford For Mayor” then an argument could be made. It’s essentially a business card.

          Although, if the above is true, it should be reported in his office expenses.

      • Punned_It

        Last I heard about that is he was an hour or more late for it. Kept a few folks waiting.

  • Spek

    Wait a sec, I thought the battlefield was in Kuwait!

  • VictorianShuter

    So they’re going to lift their kilts at everyone? Great.

    • tomwest

      Oh great, I was just going to bed. That’s just the image I want in my brain as I go to sleep.

      • Radio_Mime

        A few extra moons. No big deal.

    • Punned_It

      My eyes! My eyes!

  • VictorianShuter

    Now I’ve got a vivid picture of Rob Ford consuming his opponents with fireballs from his eyes, and bolts of lightning from his behind.

    • Radio_Mime

      Nothing spectacular about that. I’m sure the Ford family endures that every day at the supper table. : )