I was just discussing the upcoming Israeli election with Assaf Oron, who feels a bit more sanguine than I about the outcome. He believes that Livni still has a chance to pull her irons out of the fire. I’m not sure but hope he’s right. Bibi would be an utter disaster.
This got me to thinking who Bibi reminds me of. At first I thought a used car salesman, but that’s not right. Bibi’s too cerebral for that. And then it hit me: he’s Israel’s Dick Cheney. The same ponderous baritone spouting vacuous sound bytes that sound reassuring until you examine what little content they contain. The same hyper-testosterone infused, angry political rhetoric. The same frightening laser-like gaze. The same obsession with national security, terrorism and global jihad. The same disdain for the common man and little guy.
Actually, Assaf doesn’t agree with my analogy:
I don’t think of him as Cheney at all; more like John Cleese in Fawlty Towers:…sweaty, running around, spineless, bullish – and always steps in that dogshit on the floor at the wrong moment.
I find little comic in Bibi’s political persona. In fact, both Bibi and Cheney are alike in their total joylessness and lack of a sense of humor. But I’m glad someone can see Bibi as a buffoon. I wish I could as well. He seems far too dangerous for that. But I trust Assaf’s take on Israeli politics and so he may have something there. Let’s see how the election turns out.