A Night of Reruns

The second night of election campaign broadcasts consisted mainly of reruns. Benjamin Netanyahu's lies still didn't wash, and nothing changed in Tzipi Livni's Knesset votes against her female colleagues. Eli Yishai was as charismatic as he was on Tuesday.

All of the things that we choked on the first time around were forced down our throats once more, like force-fed geese. I asked my editor whether I, too, could get away with a rerun - reprinting yesterday's column, word for word - and was rebuffed. He'll pay for that.

Yesterday I read in the papers that the parties were pleased with their own ads, and that's the main thing. Now I can relax. In any event, there aren't many viewers left - last night they dropped off, one by one, without watching - so now a general air of satisfaction will prevail.

Nevertheless, there were some extras and even a few scoops: Roni Bar-On, Avi Dichter, Tzachi Hanagebi and Dalia Itzik outdid themselves in singing Livni's praises. That's definitely something new. Even Shaul Mofaz muttered something through pursed lips, though his mouth did not utter Tzipi's name. Nothing new there. It's best to decline such a warm recommendation, in light of the source.

From Labor we had Isaac (Buji) Herzog, in a small but important role: "I am on the security cabinet," he testified, "and I always say to myself: We're lucky that Ehud Barak is sitting there." And we will add, for our part, we're lucky that Buji is there as an expert witness.

Were I in charge of Labor's election ads, I'd try to calm down my hyperactive, hypercreative copywriter. The panel beaters and plasterers suffer from a Hottentotish over-authenticity. The observer from the side appeals to you in desperation: Get him to settle down before it's too late, before we plaster you with copies of old Labor writings about the dignity of honest work.