Today in Weird Ledes

Ha’aretz, on Tzipi Livni’s victory in the Kadima primary:

If, as John Lennon and Yoko Ono said, “Woman is the N—-r of the World,” then Tzipi Livni is Israel’s Barack Obama.

Um, wow. I don’t think I’ve seen the n-word, censored or otherwise, in a mainstream US publication, ever. And the next paragraph, for reasons that I can’t quite discern, seems specifically designed to piss off the PUMAs:

Unlike Hillary Clinton, Livni did not exploit the fact that she was a woman in order to get elected. She is also not married to one of the most beloved individuals in the world.


In all seriousness, I’m really glad Livni won. If her main rival, Shaul Mofaz, had pulled it out, he not only wouldn’t have been capable of building a governing coalition, he would have destroyed Kadima as we know it and lead members like Livni and Shimon Peres to quit. Livni, on the other hand, seems like the only politician in Israel, other than perhaps Ayi Ayalon, who’s capable of getting elected and has a sincere interest in a peace deal. That’s still a longshot, as it always is, but she’ll come closer than any of the alternatives.

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