Why I plan to take Rob Ford's political advice
The venerable Rob Ford has done it again. He has generously offered the brainless females of Toronto free advice on how to break into politics!
On his weekly NewsTalk 1010 radio spot yesterday, he volunteered to "explain how politics works" to women in the city who might be curious. I, for one, cannot imagine a more useful and respectable mentor. Can you imagine all that this politician has to teach? I want to learn how to implement a vision for public transit that eases congestion citywide, how to run a scandal-free office and how to manage the media in general. It could be positively awesome!
There is crucial information, ladies. And now, you can get the inside scoop from the master himself, next time you take a break from your ridiculous fashion mags and getting your hair did, or whatever it is you waste all of your silly lady-time doing. Here's the offer, as transcribed by the Star:
"I encourage people, I encourage people, I've always encouraged people — especially females. We need more females in politics. And it seems everyone says, 'Oh, it's male-dominated.' Well, call me. Call me at home — 233-6934, 416-233-6934 — and [I'll or we'll] go for a coffee, and explain how politics works. You have to be over the age of 18, a Canadian citizen, and live in Toronto. And the rest is up to you, how hard you want to work."
I mean, it's not as if the offer isn't well intended. Politics are very confusing, and as a woman, I have little idea how to behave or how to exercise logic, so I need all the help I can get. I've always wanted to be a politician, but I've also always known that such a career choice will require that I seek out a successful male mentor who can show me the ropes. This is my chance!
You can expect a call from me this week, Mayor Ford, and I will be a captive audience as you outline all your winning strategies.
Ladies, if you share my ambitions, I suggest you call Ford yourselves — remember, it's 416-233-6934 — and ask him to explain just how politics works. Because Ford is right about one thing: we clearly need more women in politics.
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