Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has denied smoking crack, and by extension being caught on video smoking crack. That is what any normal, trusting person, untainted by the ways of politics — someone who grew up deep in a Papua New Guinean rainforest, perhaps — would have heard Mr. Ford say at his Friday afternoon press conference. And that is how Torontonians should interpret his statement, whether they believe him or not. That is the statement they should hold him to.
Twitter exploded during and after the press conference with frantic parsing: “I do not use crack cocaine,” is what Mr. Ford said. But he did not say that he had never used it, and he did not respond to that question when it was shouted at him as he left. Clintonian chicanery, surely!
It’s entirely possible. But it’s also pretty much irrelevant. Bill Clinton got in legal trouble for testifying
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