But, Seriously, How Did Rob Ford Get Elected?!

TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 15  -  Toronto Mayor Rob Ford leaves his office for the day on November 15, 2013.        (Carlos Osori
TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 15 - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford leaves his office for the day on November 15, 2013. (Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

You just can't keep Rob Ford out of the news. This past week alone, he's been the answer to a Jeopardy! question, a punchline on the late night shows, and - oh, yes - the star of a brand new video! Sure, the increasingly erratic and inebriated behavior of Toronto's mayor is hilarious, but the question remains: how the hell did this guy get elected in the first place?!

Whenever I have questions about Canada, I always turn to Kevin Janus, Toronto's favorite son and my co-host on the Where The F**k Are We comedy podcast (WTFAW for the kids on iTunes).

As Kevin explained, Ford owes a lot to good timing:

It was the perfect storm for a guy like Rob Ford. This guy had been a city councilor for a decade doing killer retail politics, he's hyper attentive to his constituents...[the city's previous mayor] is just a disaster... and in steps Ford with his loyal base, exploiting the downtown suburban divide and the justified anger, he whips them into a frenzy and he wins in October of 2010 with just 47%.

You can hear all about it (along with all sorts of NSFW audio of Rob Ford being Rob Ford) in the full episode dedicated to Toronto's most embarrassing mayor!