Was anybody really surprised when Toronto Mayor David Miller flip flopped on the "Support Our Troops" ribbon controversy?
Originally Commissar Miller wanted to remove such ribbons from the backs of city ambulances and fire trucks because he feared they showed support for the War in Afghanistan.
Predictably a storm of controversy erupted and Miller backed down.
Certainly being the dedicated left-wing icon he is, Miller didn't want to cave in on this issue, but politically he had zero choice.
He was in the same position as the judge in The Miracle on 34th Street, the one who ruled "Kris Kringle" was legally Santa Claus.
Remember what the judge's political advisor told him when he was considering sending Kris to a mental institution?
"Go on", said the advisor. "But if you do, remember this: you can count on getting just two votes, your own and that district attorney's out there."
I am sure Miller received similar advice.