Ehud Olmert reached an almost zero percent approval rating - a nice achievement after one year in office. Yet among the very few who still support him, particularly notable is Minister Roni Bar-On.
The latter, with the enthusiasm of a fool and the dedication of an experienced attorney, continues to praise his master. When we hear him speak it appears as though the Winograd report's only purpose was to demonstrate Ehud Olmert's abilities when it comes to repairing flaws, engineering collapsing walls, and performing rehabilitation tricks that will turn the country and the IDF into a brand new and wonderful home.
Let Ehud plaster away. Bar-On is so convinced of Olmert's ability to be the national renovator that it makes one feel like forgetting Olmert himself is also the main culprit behind these failures. Just like Charlie Chaplin in "Modern Times" who sends a child to break windows and later offers himself up as a glazier, or like a failed dancer who manages to straighten the crooked floor.
Bibi is scary?
Yet following the tempting offer comes the threat: What do you want now, Minister Bar-On says with his thundering voice - to get Bibi and his shady deals? Eh?! You want Bibi?! So says Bar-On, and joyfully returns to work.
The way the "Bibi threat" affects wide media circles is odd and deserving of a psycho-social research. They just hear "Bibi" and they start shaking.
In the polls and among the general public Netanyahu is actually the leading candidate by a wide margin over anyone else, yet in any political and media forum you will hear the following grumble: So who will come next, Bibi?
The Bibiphobia among anti-Likud groups is so entrenched that attorney Roni Bar-On doesn't miss an opportunity to make use of it.
Bibi is scary? Ehud Olmert is scarier. Every page in the Winograd report shows that Olmert is a failed prime minister. All that he has left to do is to gather the remnants of support within his own party. There, between Hirchson and Bar-On, he can still enjoy words of flattery from those who believe their fate hinges on his.
All that Olmert supporters have left is the pathetic scaremongering campaign against the terrible Bibi who will be coming up any moment now, and then all hope would be lost.
Yet those who walk around with Olmert on their head cannot threaten us with a Bibi.