Roger L. Simon

We have a winner in Iran, ladies and gentlemen...

And he is… Hardliner Ahamdinejad!… (give the man a round of applause)… Of course Reuters wants us to be alarmed.

Ultra-conservative Tehran mayor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad swept to victory in Iran’s presidential election on Saturday, an official said, spelling a possible end to fragile social reforms and rapprochement with the West.

What reforms and what rapprochement exactly? Only the fuddy-duddies at Reuters (and maybe a handful in our State Dept.) could believe that even existed.

Anyway, as Brother Ledeen points out, hardly anyone voted… not that that would occur to Reuters. First hand reporting is not their long suit. Just, you know, round up a few quotes from the usual suspects and phone it in. They don’t even bother to check the blogs.