There was a concert at the Bovine on Saturday, December 1, to celebrate the ouster of the evil tyrant Rob Ford.
The band Shit from Hell, a punk outfit noteworthy cuz it happens to be fronted by Liberal strategist Warren Kinsella, played Rob Ford Must Go to the tune of the Ramones' Blitzkrieg Bop.
Among the assembled were a few of the players behind the scenes involved in the mayor's ouster on conflict of interest charges. Fun times.
Some are talking about Ford in the past tense after the stunning legal decision handed down by Justice Charles Hackland two Mondays ago. As if saying "Rob Ford is gone" enough times will make it true.
Ford still has a few legal cards to play.
On Monday, he seemed to have won something of a PR victory. Clayton Ruby, the defence lawyer who argued the conflict case against him, announced that his client, Paul Magder, would not be fighting the mayor's legal application to stay the judge's decision booting him from office until his appeal can be heard.
That statement said Magder had "consented" to Ford's stay application, which sent reporters scurrying. But let's not get lost in the semantics. Ruby's move was strategic. In fact, Ruby and Magder weren't consenting to anything. They were merely getting out of the way.
The stay was widely viewed as a sure thing by legal experts. And sure enough, it was granted Wednesday morning after a brief court appearance.
Not fighting the stay was about PR, about making those fighting Ford look courteous and professional, not out to "get" him.
Because to defeat Ford, it's just as important to win in the court of public opinion as in the court of law.
Speaking of playing to the public, that was a nicely scripted bit of self-promo by the mayor on his radio show Sunday, including a few bars of Jingle Bells and enough pathos to make even the most hardened heart melt a little.
Brother Doug mentioned how "tough" the last week has been for the mayor.
Ford himself seems resigned to having to run in a by-election to save his political skin.
On the radio, the mayor expressed his wish - because he doesn't plead - that council will allow him to run in a by-election in the event that he loses his appeal. "It's only fair that people have the right to vote," Ford said.
With Ford, you can never be sure. The only thing you can count on is his unpredictability. His hold on council is so weak (even members of his executive are deserting him), who's to say council won't forgo a by-election in favour of appointing a replacement?
By this time next week Ford may even have resigned and dropped his appeal, as some allies have been urging him to do. And still run in a byelection. That could make another, potentially bigger, legal headache go away - namely, the audit of his campaign expenses, the results of which are expected early in the new year and might also get him booted. It's complicated, but legally possible that that problem could go away.
Ford could defer to his brother Doug, decide not to run and come back the conquering hero in 2014. That way he wouldn't have to defend his record, such as it is.
At this point there are as many possible outcomes as there are candidates rumoured to be lining up to run against Ford. Up to four may emerge from the current council.
If there was ever a time to challenge Ford, it's now. For current members of council, the risks are minimal. They won't have to vacate their seats to run in a by-election. And the short time frame for the campaign, some 45 days, means candidates don't have to raise huge dough to make a decent go of it. The rules of the game are different than in the year-long slog to the finish of a regular election. In a short campaign, candidates rely more on media exposure and debates than on a ground game.
Email drops. Twitter. Telephone town halls. A few radio ads and, presto, you're a contender. It can all be done on a shoestring.
Still, money and organization can't hurt. And Ford has plenty of both.
We shouldn't be talking about a fight to replace Ford only 20 months away from a regularly scheduled election. But here we are nonetheless, once again plunged into crisis by you-know-who.
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