"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Mahmoud "Momo" Ahmadinejad Won't Like This...

CNN says, "Ahmadinejad Suffers in Iran Poll"

"President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad suffered an embarrassing blow in local council races, according to partial election results Monday, in voting viewed as a sign of public discontent with his hard-line stance.

The balloting represented a partial comeback for opponents of Ahmadinejad, whose Islamic government's policies have fueled fights with the West and brought Iran closer to U.N. sanctions.

Former President Hashemi Rafsanjani, a relative moderate, polled the most votes of any Tehran candidate to win re-election to a key assembly post."


• Wins for moderates in Iran elections seen as rebuff to President Ahmadinejad
• Results seen as 'partial victory' for moderate conservatives
• Many of winners oppose Ahmadinejad's harsh anti-West rhetoric
A "relative moderate" in Iranian government is far from what we perceive as a "moderate."

Oddly, I am unable to find numbers at IRNA with results for the "Fourth Assembly of Experts" (how does one take a nation seriously with names like that?) election.

However, things are GREAT in Tehran and the goverment is very, very, please with the turn-out. According to Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel:
"Once again the people proved their loyalty to the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Islamic Revolution."
I guess that means they have a mandate now. When was the election held for the "Islamic Revolution?" I don't think Jimmy Carter was there to observe and to make sure everything was on the up and up....oh, wait...Jimmy knows all about this; well he knows all about how he remembers it I'm sure.
FYI: According to Regime Change Iran, "Ahmadinjad's Followers Ordered to Falsify Election Results." Say it ain't so!?!?


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