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MSM vs. The Likud

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Last night when the results of the Likud internal elections were finalized the mainstream media (MSM) started their field day:

“Fascist”…. “Radical”… “Ultra-nationalist”….these words were used over and over again by Channels 1, 2, and 10 TV.

Channel 10 repeated as a mantra last night that the new Likud list is “fascist and illegitimate”.

Labor’s Yachimovich says Likud is now a “radical rightist party” (yet Peace Now crony Yariv Oppenheimer running in the Labor primary is the epitome of moderation?)

 

Despite what the media and left would have you believe, the Likud list is not full of blood-sucking zombies and vampires.

This morning, a Maagar Mochot poll for Nana and Channel 10 TV shows that despite the best efforts of the media, Israelis are happy with their options.

The center-right wing is strengthened to 70 seats, while the center-left drops to 50 seats (including the not exactly Zionist-loving Arab parties).

Likud / Yisrael Beitenu joint list: 37 Shas: 14 Bayit Yehudi: 9 Yahadut HaTorah: 6 Amsalem: 4 Otzma L’Yisrael: (They seemed to have left them out for some reason, which doesn’t match other polls)

Labor: 20 Tzippi Livni: 9 Yair Lapid’s party continues to crash and burn, hitting 5 Meretz: 3 Kadima: 2 Arab parties: 11 Israel: Don’t be brainwashed by the media.

We don’t need more left wing parties disguised as “center” such as Livni and Mofaz.  The Likud has a responsible and energetic list of MKs who will continue to help lead Israel through the challenging times ahead.  Irresponsible fiscal policy from Labor would be the worst thing for Israel, which under the Likud government has managed to maintain a steady course as world markets experience serious turbulence over the past 4 years.

Congratulations to the Likud — you have an excellent list, and we need to all work together for a better future for Israel.

Er, No, Obama Didn’t Win the Debate

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

We’ve reached a watershed here, where we either live in our own heads affirming reality, regardless of spurious inputs from demagoguery or sentiment, or we give up on reality and let demagoguery and sentiment take over at the decision table.  Did the president pull off a performance last night, in terms of sounding passionate and full of conviction?  To some extent, yes.  Does that mean he won the debate, or even achieved a draw with Romney?  No.

The mainstream media immediately launched a volley of positive soundbites about the president’s performance, but frankly, they were going to do that anyway.  As long as Obama didn’t collapse on the stage, they were going to say he had his mojo back.

The problem is that in order to sound passionate and full of conviction,Obama had to belt out a remarkable string of untruths.  Besides repeating the same tired lies about Romney’s policies that his campaign has been flogging for the last two months, the president simply lied – there’s nothing else to call it – about the trend of drilling permits under his administration (Romney is right; permits have been slashed).

Obama insisted to Romney that he had called the Benghazi attack terrorism on day one, when in fact, he had not.  He lied about the Arizona immigration-enforcement law, repeating a lie the Democrats have persisted in since the law was being debated in the Arizona statehouse.  The law is carefully and explicitly written to prohibit ethnic profiling stops by law-enforcement officers.  Immigration-status checks can only be done in connection with a stop on another, unrelated basis, such as a traffic stop.

Obama did try to assume the moral high ground on Libya with a riff on Americans’ safety and his responsibility, but it was a cringe-worthy performance from the man who waited until after the Benghazi attack to bring diplomatic-mission security up to a normal standard, and who professes, 36 days after the attack, to still be waiting to find out what happened.  If he really doesn’t know, he’s the only one who doesn’t.  His position that we’re still waiting to assess the attack isn’t judicious; it’s absurd.  Mentally substitute George W. Bush for Obama in this scenario, and try to imagine the MSM giving Bush the benefit of the doubt for 36 days and counting.

I had my concerns about Romney’s performance last night, if only a couple.  Probably the biggest was that he tended to put his most powerful material at the end of each statement, and got cut off just as he was articulating it.  The response to the woman who asked about keeping jobs in the US was a case in point: Romney made a rather convoluted case about China as a currency manipulator, and only after dealing with that arcane topic mentioned that if we want to keep America job-friendly, we have to stop regulating ourselves into an economic coma.  He got cut off saying it; that should have been his opening point.  The American people can dosomething about that.  And whether or not the point about regulation resonated with that particular questioner, it would resonate far and wide among other Americans.

Romney is typically succinct and direct on the economy, and he should apply that style to everything he says in a debate.  He would have made the point about Obama’s own passive investment in China much better by simply stating it outright, rather than repeating the same question to the president – “Have you looked at your pension lately?” – until it began sounding like a second-grader’s taunt.  Just make the assertion, already.  “Mr. President,your pension is invested in China.”  That simple – and, without the weird build-up, slyly devastating.

But rhetorical glitches aside, Romney had substance last night.  He whaled it out of the park on energy and immigration, and came off as genial and presidential.  Interestingly, the Frank Luntz panel saw the same thing.  The MSM’s assessment this morning that the president staged a comeback in this debate is information about the MSM, not about the candidates or the debate.  It’s like they’re narrating some invisible drama that no one else can see.

I don’t think Romney dominated last night’s debate as he did the first one.  But neither did I see the debate as a draw.  Only if it counts as successful communication to use demagoguery to create itch-scratching images for your own base did Obama’s performance equal Romney’s.  Obama’s statements would have had little appeal outside his own base.  And indeed, so many of them were simply false that, to my mind, it requires assuming that your fellow Americans are fools, to think that his communications were probably more effective with them than they were with you.

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