There seems to be considerable speculation why Stephen Harper would call on Toronto’s (is it still alleged?) crackhead ex-mayor Rob Ford and his bully brother Doug for support – particularly considering the Prime Minister’s stance on drugs.

The answer, to me, is pretty simple.  When you boil down Conservative ideology to its essence, it’s basically:
1. I’ve got mine so fuck you
2. Also fuck anybody different from me

In other words, it’s the Asshole Party.  And that explains everything. Rob and Doug Ford are assholes.  People who still think they’re great – and there is a surprising number of them – are also assholes, and therefor more likely to vote Conservative.

Harper is simply trying to mobilize the asshole vote.