Liberals are consistent. They consistently get things all wrong. From global warming (temperatures are in a decline) to gun control (more guns, fewer murders) and of course Iraq (pulling troops did not end the war; it cranked it up).
But look at how wrong they got the Israeli election. Shall we?
Before the election:
From Foreign Policy: "The Last Days of King Bibi."
From the Galilee to the Negev and Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel awaits the results of today's election with bated breath. Likud strongholds are swaying, Arabs are uniting, and the campaign is getting ugly.From Politico: "Did Bibi's speech hurt his chances?"
On the eve of an Israeli vote that polls show Netanyahu’s Likud party is likely to lose, many of Netanyahu’s allies on Capitol Hill and around Washington still insist that the speech was, at worst, a wash for the embattled leader. But some worry that Netanyahu — with an assist from his host, House Speaker John Boehner — may have overplayed his hand and is now paying the price in Israel.From the Daily Beast: "Will Arab Israelis Oust Bibi?"
In Israel’s March 17 parliamentary elections, four mostly Arab parties will run on the same ticket in an effort to secure unprecedented clout for Israel’s 1.7 million Arab citizens, who make up slightly more than 20 percent of the total population.
Analysts are already hailing the vote as historic, and campaigners are hopeful that the unexpected alliance between once bickering, sidelined parties will get young, formerly disillusioned Arab-Israelis out to the ballot boxes and further involved in the national debate.From the Nation: "Anyone But Netanyahu?"
That’s the common rallying cry for Tuesday’s elections in Israel, but few opponents are offering real alternatives. Only the Joint List is directly addressing the crisis in Arab-Jewish relations.But of course Bibi wins a fourth term and the New York Times immediately spins it as a defeat for the victor: "Deep Wounds for Netanyahu in Israel’s Bitter Race."
Benjamin Netanyahu was acting as if he was poised to return to power. But there was a cloud over his apparent turnaround, the result of an increasingly shrill campaign that raised questions about his ability to heal Israel’s internal wounds or better its standing in the world.
He said there would be no Palestinian state.
He railed against Israeli Arabs — because they had gone out to vote.
From the capitals of Europe, to Washington, to the West Bank, to the streets of Israel, even while his critics said Mr. Netanyahu had reaffirmed his reputation as a cynical, calculating politician, it appeared that his approach succeeded in drawing votes from other right-leaning parties.
But along the way he angered the president of the United States with a speech to Congress and infuriated European leaders eager to see the peace process move ahead to create a Palestinian state.
David Axelrod, President Obama’s former senior adviser, said Tuesday evening on Twitter that Mr. Netanyahu’s last-minute stand against a Palestinian state might have helped ensure him another victory. “Tightness of exits in Israel suggests Bibi’s shameful 11th hour demagoguery may have swayed enough votes to save him. But at what cost?” he wrote.The real story is not that Bibi is hurt but that Barack Obama once again was humiliated on the world stage. President Obama tried to sabotage an ally's election by pouring millions illegally into the race, and he lost.
Republican should be (and I believe are) investigating this criminal interference with another nation's elections.
At any rate, Eric Clapton sang there are no tears in heaven.
Which is why we drink them here.