My big old Webster’s dictionary, 1966 version, defines smear this way: “To vilify or blacken the reputation by applying a debasing or odious epithet.” There’s nothing in the definition that says the smear must also be untrue.Hypocrisy... greed... deceit... oh Christie, say it isn't so.
While it’s presumably possible to wander by mistake into a seedy little joint with a blaring red sign looking for a normal massage, it seems unlikely, especially for a sophisticated urban-dweller like Mr. Layton.
What it says about one of the most trusted political figures in the country is consistent with a thread of hypocrisy which has run through his political life.
As self-styled defenders of the oppressed and marginalized, Mr. Layton and Ms. Chow, then earning about $120,000 a year between them, nonetheless for years lived in a government-subsidized three-bedroom co-op apartment where they paid alleged “market” rent of $800 a month.Canada's very own "Slick Willie Clinton"... all that's missing is the cigar.
As the perennial booster of public health care, Mr. Layton nonetheless once had hernia surgery at a private facility north of Toronto.
And as a staunch feminist who, as a councillor, once advocated a ban on touching during lap dancing, he was found naked in a room at the Velvet Touch.