Palin and Livni
Lets have less Palin, more Livni…….in case you are wondering Livni who ? Read on.
So the abysmal state of the financial markets has done what the Democrats were failing to do: moved Sarah Palin from the headline-grabbing news. Apparently she was starting to lose ground in polls anyway.
Meanwhile, one of USA’s closest ally in terms of foreign policy is about to have a female leader, a bit of of news, which I am sure escaped most of America: Tzipni Livni, the current Foreign Minister of Israel, won a narrow contest to be the leader of the country’s ruling Kadima party. For those of you not following Israeli politics (I do for some weird fascination about Israel that started back in high school), the current PM, Ehud Olmert, is embroiled in corruption charges and about to step down as the leader.
Livni’s ascension to the Prime Minister post is not given, and she faces a tough task in patching together a ruling coalition. But if she does become the PM, she will be the only second women to do so in Israel since Golda Meir.
However, I am not that concerned in the internal politics of Israel; the main reason for bringing her up was to compare with Sarah Palin, who could potentially be America’s first woman leader. During the rather too extensive coverage of Sarah Palin, the media has constantly drawn attention to her …ummm…attractiveness.
But while watching the news yesterday on the Israeli situation (thanks to SBS, which covers international news quite thoroughly) I was struck by Livni’s smartness, poise and the authority with which she carries herself (check the video above). Plus, she was a former Mossad agent and a lawyer, and is currently handling international diplomacy in one of the most volatile areas of the world. In my eyes, all that makes her far more attractive!
Contrast this with the empty, media-trumpeted lipstick-shallow appeal of Palin. If only the US media, and far more of the US populace, could grasp the lack of substance in Palin.
[I am not saying that attractiveness should be an attribute to judge a politician (of either gender) – although it often is – but Palin pales compared to someone like Livni]