Wednesday, May 29, 2013

the crack factor

the sample size isn't that big, but it looks like if you're a big city mayor, being caught on video smoking crack might not be bad for your approval ratings.

marion barry famously got more popular after his crack smoking video came out. once he served his time in prison, he won back the mayoral office and is currently DC's highest rated politician.

it's a little early to tell what this scandal will do to rob ford, but the initial polling seems to indicate that he is just as unpopular now as he was before the current crack smoking allegations came out. and who knows? maybe he can pull a barry--use his crack tape as the basis for a story of redemption to launch a political comeback. if rob ford manages to profit from the scandal maybe we'll start seeing other mayors filming lighting up the old crack pipe on video on purpose!