Saturday, June 25, 2005

Drum Roll, Please

The hardliners in Iran won the presidency in the runoff election:

The hardline Tehran mayor steamrolled over one of Iran's best-known statesman to win the presidency Saturday in a landslide election victory that cements conservative control over the nation's political leadership.

That the Iranian people can't stand the mullahs does not enter the story at all. That turnout in the first round was virtually nonexistent outside of official statistics is not relevant, apparently.

I mean, wow! Who would have expected the hardline candidate to win in hardline dictatorial Iran?

Certainly not anyone relying on our professionally trained journalists (via Instapundit). See, this was a real election. You know, unlike ours where some reporters still act like Ohio in 2004 and Florida in 2000 tainted our elections. No, Iran's election was real:

The outcome capped a stunning upset by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who many reformers fear will take Iran back to the restrictions imposed after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

The only thing stunning is the willingness of Western reporters to go along with the charade and pretend that the election the Iranians pretended to hold is real.

I eagerly await the behind-the-scenes story of how the candidate of the mullahs actually managed to win the hearts of the Iranian voters and sweep to victory on his platform of stoning homosexuals and killing jews and Americans. Oh, and torturing, imprisoning, and impoverishing Iranianss. Truly a contract with Iran to inspire loyalty.