From city to city, from town to town, right-wing ideologues are the same the world ’round:
Throughout the election campaign Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was fed erroneous, unreliable, unprofessional survey results. This is the clear conclusion emerging from Tuesday’s election results.
This sounds familiar:
[…] The youngsters fled from the ruling party. Hardly any young people were seen in conferences Netanyahu held. A minister’s son, a soldier, told his father there wasn’t a single Likud voter in his platoon. Everyone, with no exception, was voting for Bennett or Lapid.
“Something very profound has happened,” a central Likud figure said. “It was an anti-Bibi vote in the sharpest sense. But beyond that the Israeli mainstream was saying it has had enough of us. That’s Netanyahu. He always kicks the mainstream. Fourteen months ago he was in the ideal position for elections, after bringing Gilad Shalit back. Last summer he again had a golden opportunity to win the working, tax-paying Israeli’s heart, when he added Kadima to the government. If he had gotten rid of the ultra-Orthodox and enacted the draft law, there would be no Yair Lapid today and Bibi would be king … but instead he frightened himself and ran into Shas and United Torah Judaism’s arms.”
Yair Lapid is the head of a new centrist party (Yesh Atid) which is now the second-largest party in the Knesset. I don’t know enough about Israeli politics to know if this analysis is right, but it certainly brings the lulz to think that the guy who pimped Romney was done in by skewed polls and alienation of the youth stemming from a lurch to the right.
(That link is to a Google News search for a piece by Haaretz (via TPM), which is behind the Iron Dome of newspaper paywalls, but you can read it if you click from Google.)