Analysis: Drunken Stupor II sure to boost Rob Ford approval rating

Mayor Rob Ford with a man who appears to be his pal Alexander Lisi in a screengrab from a video...

Mayor Rob Ford with a man who appears to be his pal Alexander Lisi in a screengrab from a video posted to YouTube Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.

Mike Strobel, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:32 AM ET

TORONTO -- "Bumbaclot" does not begin to do this justice. No, mon!

"Thumpalot" might be closer: the thud of our mayor falling off the wagon. It's a sad sound, or ought to be, regardless of your politics.

"Thank you, Rob Ford, for getting back to basics," Jimmy Kimmel tweeted Tuesday night. Congrats, Toronto, we're back on late-night TV.

The latest video is so comical it's tragic. There's that familiar herky-jerky, the flailing arms from last fall's original "drunken stupor" flick, the one subtitled "I'm a sick mother------."

Drunken Stupor II is so kooky, it is sure to boost Ford's approval rating.

On the other hand, when he departs as mayor, he has a promising career doing Jamaican impressions. If there's ever a sequel to Cool Runnings, the John Candy role is a perfect fit.

Close your eyes, the video might be of a guy just in from Runaway Bay -- albeit a guy bombed out of his gourd -- regaling folks at the Steak Queen.

Bumbaclot? Unless you're Jamaican, you said, "Uh, what?" Maybe you looked it up. It's Patois for toilet paper, though Jamaicans use the word as a generic cuss, as you might utter "s---" in surprise or anger.

In the video, Ford mumbles "bumbaclot" three times, plus a "mon" and a "bro" or two and an accent that fairly oozes sugar cane. And Red Stripe. Or something.

For one weird moment, I thought he was giving a campaign speech about how much he has done for St. James Town, Jane-Finch, Malvern and other troubled neighbourhoods. There was even a fresh -- very fresh -- shot at the police chief.

To his credit, Ford, for once, confessed pronto, said he was drinking Monday. None of the usual leading with "ridiculous!" "outright lies" or "media maggots!"


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