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Friday, January 25, 2013

Feiglin blasts Likud for negative campaign

Soon-to-be Likud MK Moshe Feiglin blasted his own party on Thursday, saying that its negative campaign against the Jewish Home party had driven voters into the arms of Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid party.
Knesset Member-elect Moshe Feiglin (Likud) had sharp words Thursday for his party's leaders, over the election campaign that focused on attacking the Bayit Yehudi as male-chauvinistic, homophobic and warmongering.
"The campaign of mudslinging was catastrophic, and a very grave act," Feiglin told Channel 2 News. "It hurt us, too. In the past weeks there were polls showing that Bayit Yehudi would receive 18 or 19 seats. The mudslinging drove the votes away from Bennett, but not to Likud – rather, to Yair Lapid."
"Likud shot itself in the foot and changed the relative size of the blocs," said Feiglin, and estimated that Likud lost five Knesset seats with its campaign. "We struck a blow against religious Zionism, which is our natural partner. We and the Bayit Yehudi will work shoulder to shoulder."
Feiglin said that he was forced to keep quiet during the election – presumably, by the higher-ups in Likud. "The leftist parties hid their ideological identity because they felt that the public moved sweepingly to the right. This public searched for meaning with us, in the Likud, but instead – we hid our basic DNA."
"If you want to be meaningless, there are parties where this meaninglessness is intrinsic", he added.
The problem is that the Prime Minister did not want a Right wing coalition, and the mud slinging may have led voters to say 'a curse on both your houses' and to vote for Lapid instead.

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At 3:46 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

The problem is that, very very unfortunately, people are not willing to focus on facts and reasoning. The negative ads are all about "feelings."

So, in the U.S., Mitt Romney was more than willing to slime his primary opponents with negative ads (and he won the nomination doing it!), but he was unwilling to lift a hand against Obama, even seeming to avoid "facts" about Obama's past and performance. Obama on the other hand, didn't cover his record at all... his entire campaign was making up slimes about Romney. There are lists now of multiple lies that the Obama juggernaut campaigned on against Romney. The tag: "low information voters" means that the general public falls for the lies and, if the narrative is unicorn enough, they will actually go for the unicorn over the facts. (BTW, these unicorn narratives can present opposites in the same sentence and be accepted by the "low information voters" without a ripple.)


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