Mayor Rob Ford claims he stands up for the "little guy". But the average little guy in Ford Nation doesn't actually do crack.
My kids wanted to know what was wrong with this strange man. They really can't understand why he's still the mayor of Toronto, where their cousins live. I explained that, yeah he's got a lot of problems that make him act that way, and yeah, it's not fair for all the people who live there, and yeah, the way the city's government works, they can't actually make him leave. And yeah, he's a really good example of what not to be.
The kids suggested everyone should just ignore him; but I pointed out that some people still want him to be mayor.
"But why, mum?"
Maybe they want to hope? I have trouble understanding it myself.
How do you explain something like this to kids?