I haven't seen this posted here yet.
How the Late Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Made Progressives Cruel
"His failings, couched in the language of suffering, illness, or even joie de vivre
, might have been humanizing, but in Ford they were the proof of his ideology’s rottenness, and therefore fair game. At the same time, the way that I, my liberal friends, and various left-leaning commentators treated him revealed the duplicity of our liberalism. [...] The humanists refused to humanize him."
I don't think that's fair. I think what the author failed to take into account is that, had Ford shown an ounce of contrition for his hateful and divisive rhetoric and hypocritical criminality - had he shown an iota of compassion for others challenged by addictions - had he not fought so hard to see people punished for engaging in the same behaviours as him - people would have rallied behind him. Or at least been sympathetic to his struggles.