This will be a short diary, as they say...
Betting on the wrong horse: The night Benjamin Netanyahu will not soon forgetahahahaha. Curse those takers and minorities!
The astonishment that seized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his advisers on Wednesday morning, as President Barack Obama crossed the threshold of 270 electoral votes needed to return him to the White House, was as absolute as it was authentic. Netanyahu was utterly convinced that the presidency was in the pocket of the candidate of his choice, his old buddy Mitt Romney. In private conversations, he ridiculed anyone who advised him not to rule out a scenario in which the other candidate was the winner.
Boy, the schadenfreude just keeps on giving this election, don't it?
Quick, below the endlessly mocked Victorian squiggle thing!
So who was he listening to?
Arthur Finkelstein. Until the end, the legendary strategic adviser and polling expert - who is working with Netanyahu and his running mate in the upcoming election in January, Yisrael Beiteinu's Avigdor Liebermanrunning mate? RUNNING MATE! Ugh, wow. I'm sorry, I had to stop and gag for a moment. Please continue.
- hammered it into their heads that Mitt Romney would be the next president of the United States. Finkelstein predicted a 4 percent win for Romney in the popular vote (he lost by approximately 2 percent) and victories in all the swing states (Romney lost all but one).Let's hope that 45 seat prediction is based on "unskewed" numbers as well, eh?
For Netanyahu, Arthur's word is sacred. He just has to hope that Finkelstein's forecast for the Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu ticket - 45 seats - will be more accurate.