Guess who’s leading the recount in Iran?

posted at 10:11 am on June 29, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The Iranian regime has begun its partial recount in the presidential election that created an eruption in unrest.  Don’t think for a moment that the mullahs will leave this to chance, though.  In the first reports from the review, the official Iranian news agency IRNA reports that Ahmadinejad has increased his lead over Mirhossein Mousavi:

A partial recount of Iran’s disputed election won by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad began on Monday, but one defeated reformist candidate said an annulment of the poll was “the only way to regain the people’s trust.”

In a sign that the process would not put into question Ahmadinejad’s victory, IRNA news agency said recounting so far in one Tehran district gave him more votes than in the June 12 poll that unleashed the worst unrest since the 1979 revolution.

Witnesses reported an increased police presence in some Tehran squares ahead of the expected announcement of the recount outcome later on Monday.One witness said dozens of riot police vehicles were driving toward southern Tehran.

Pro-reform cleric Mehdi Karoubi, fourth in the official count, reiterated his call for the vote to be annulled in a letter to Iran’s top legislative body, the Guardian Council, which is recounting a random 10 percent of the votes.

This time, the regime knows what will happen when it announces that they’re sticking with their original story.  They want to have their assets in place to contain the rage that will once again erupt, especially if they try to tell Iranians that they undercounted Ahmadinejad’s votes the first time around.  When they roll out that conclusion, look for the lid to blow once again in Iran.

The mullahs are doing nothing but compounding their problem.  They have lost legitimacy with the Iranian public, thanks to the clumsy attempt at election rigging, which exposed the supposed holy men as liars.  Combined with the claim of divine judgment by the supposedly infallible Supreme Leader, the entire religious raison d’être of the regime has collapsed.  The use of the Basij to beat dissenters only underscored their loss of legitimacy.  Now they’re busily making up another result, and this time explicitly will make it stick by force.

An immediate annulment and revote would have avoided all of this.  That option disappeared the moment that Ali Khamenei declared Ahmadinejad’s “victory” divine.  Iran has now explicitly become a police state, and the mullahs no longer religious figures but simply greedy, grasping tyrants clinging to power.  That is in itself a revolution, and one that has a finite limit to its existence.

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I am the recounter I have been waiting for.

Thunderstorm129 on June 29, 2009 at 10:12 AM

this will probably start an other rounds of riots..maybe

SHARPTOOTH on June 29, 2009 at 10:14 AM

Sounds like your basic Chicago election, Barry’s down with it.

Besides, he has bigger fish to fry, the criminal leftist who ran Honduras until he broke the law, needs to be reinstated.

“Meddling” on behalf of leftists is cool, “meddling” on behalf of millions of people who want to be free of lunatic theocrat Muslim clerics, not cool.

NoDonkey on June 29, 2009 at 10:14 AM

Hots dogs for ALL the recounters!

Caper29 on June 29, 2009 at 10:16 AM

Al Franken?

strictnein on June 29, 2009 at 10:16 AM

Ogabe has named himself as special reviewer to look into charges of government over-spending.

Another Basiji thug shooting people in Iran:
http://gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/2009/06/amazing-film-captures-basij-thugs.html

Bishop on June 29, 2009 at 10:16 AM

Sounds like Colman vs. Franken…can we say stolen election? Finding ballots in a car trunk yet?

deidre on June 29, 2009 at 10:16 AM

I don’t know why they are even bothering with this charade.

a capella on June 29, 2009 at 10:17 AM

“The country’s in the very best of hands.”

Theirs and ours.

cruadin on June 29, 2009 at 10:17 AM

As they say , democracy isn’t in the voting it’s in the counting.

the_nile on June 29, 2009 at 10:18 AM

This’ll be hung up in Iranian courts for MONTHS! /

cjtony97 on June 29, 2009 at 10:19 AM

The new ice cream flavor in Tehran is CoconutAlmondNutJob.

alliebobbitt on June 29, 2009 at 10:19 AM

I loved the spin on the reporting for this this morning.

“Mousavi turns down request for recount”

As if he’s blocking the process… It’s obvious why he didn’t want it. A recount will just reaffirm the same “counts” that were already forged.

Skywise on June 29, 2009 at 10:19 AM

How much does anyone want to wager that the results will come out 81% for him rather than the original meager 63%.

Miss Molly on June 29, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Oh look – over there, under the couch…another 500 ballots!

All for me? Gosh golly gee-whiz! I am so surprised.

What’s that you say? You found 1000 more in the bathroom medicine cabinet? No kidding? Well I’ll be a camel’s dung!

4000 more found in a shoebox next to the shrine I’m the people are building for me? Wow. I am speechless.

Thunderstorm129 on June 29, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Are they trying to reignite the revolution?

amkun on June 29, 2009 at 10:21 AM

So, the question is:

Will Obama support the ‘official recount’ OR will he not support the new government because of a non-democratic transfer of power.

I think I know which one he will support.

therightscoop on June 29, 2009 at 10:22 AM

Should the political winds shift in an ugly direction, I will stand with the muslims mullahs.

LibTired on June 29, 2009 at 10:23 AM

I am sure the ACORN advisers that 0bama sent will be of great help to AmaDinnerJacket and his recount efforts.

Wolftech on June 29, 2009 at 10:25 AM

In the first reports from the review, the official Iranian news agency IRNA reports that Ahmadinejad has increased his lead over Mirhossein Mousavi…

Taking their cue from the Florida elections boards of 2000 I see…

JetBoy on June 29, 2009 at 10:26 AM

Hate to see a crisis go to waste!

cntrlfrk on June 29, 2009 at 10:28 AM

And this just in – President Obama, due in large part to the criticism he faced over his seemingly tepid response to the Iranian uprising this month, has chosen to preemptively release a statement on the outcome of the recount currently underway in Iran. President Obama made the following statement shortly after 10:00 AM this morning – “I am deeply concerned.”

White House reporters and noted left wing bloggers seem to share the feeling that the President’s response was the right amount of response at the exactly right time. One blogger was quoted as saying, “I don’t know how he does it, but man does he do it.”. Although we’re unsure what that means, we think the blogger approves of the President’s incredibly brave and timely response.

Thunderstorm129 on June 29, 2009 at 10:31 AM

Are they trying to reignite the revolution?

amkun on June 29, 2009 at 10:21 AM

Yes, they didn’t catch enough the first round.

OldEnglish on June 29, 2009 at 10:33 AM

If they are going to do a ‘recount’, which indicates that they are still uncomfortable with their control, they should know better than to allow the numbers to change, especially allowing them to increase the thug’s numbers.

Vashta.Nerada on June 29, 2009 at 10:33 AM

This is a necessary legal step to give Obama/Clinton cover for what will be their reasoning for dealing with Dinnerjacket. Neda? Who is that?

On the flip side they will disregard the legal foundation that threw Zelaya out of power in Honduras.

patrick neid on June 29, 2009 at 10:34 AM

I heard that hundreds of ballots for dinnerjacket were found in the trunk of a suicide car, and added to the total.

Vashta.Nerada on June 29, 2009 at 10:35 AM

If only Jimmy Carter were there to oversee the recount. *sigh*

Revote or revolt.

Mojave Mark on June 29, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Any chance that they will be counting “under votes”, “hanging chads” and trying to divine “voter intent”?

myrenovations on June 29, 2009 at 10:38 AM

Just like BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSHITLER. Oh my, the humanity.

I just had to channel a troll for a second.

Mr. Joe on June 29, 2009 at 10:39 AM

That is in itself a revolution, and one that has a finite limit to its existence.

You are correct, sir and the clock is ticking on them. Their time has past. They are finished and don’t know it yet. Porous borders and weapons everywhere.

Snowballs gather mass as they roll downhill.

dogsoldier on June 29, 2009 at 10:40 AM

JIMMY CARTER WHERE ARE YOU? WE NEED YOU TO SAVE IRAN…

oh wait. Nevermind.

Mr. Joe on June 29, 2009 at 10:40 AM

Hey breaking, a SCOTUS opinion on the fire fighter case. The wise Latina gets slapped down. Okay I denounce myself!

Mr. Joe on June 29, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Hate to see a crisis go to waste!

cntrlfrk on June 29, 2009 at 10:28 AM

Oh, it’s not going to waste. America now thinks “the people” of Iran are Yankeewannabes and that it is just a small number of the disenfranchised Mullahs that have hijacked a noble religion nation and hold it under religious greedy political enthrallment.

While you are wondering how you can help the noble Muslims of Iran be like folks in New Jersey, the Iranians continue to work unmolested on their nukes.

Can you say distraction?

BL@KBIRD on June 29, 2009 at 10:42 AM

An immediate annulment and revote would have avoided all of this.

They didn’t even have to annul it. They could have called the second vote a “run-off,” in order to keep up appearances.

daryl_herbert on June 29, 2009 at 11:02 AM

No vote in a foreign country is legit until Jimmy Carter weighs in on the subject, and I think we all know which side he will support.

Vic on June 29, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Obama approves this kind of ‘election’. He sees Honduras enforcing a constitutional provision against a ‘Leader for Life’ as a real threat to democracy though.

Right_of_Attila on June 29, 2009 at 11:31 AM

Let them eat BS.

Ortzinator on June 29, 2009 at 11:40 AM

This is a job for the Wonderboy from Plains, GA-Jimmy Carter.

wraithby on June 29, 2009 at 12:02 PM

I was going to say ACORN.

jaimo on June 29, 2009 at 12:14 PM

“Partial recount?” Who does this crank think he is, Al Gore? Any given FL supreme court justice? George Carlin maybe: “Turning to politics, here are some partial election returns: Ahmadinewhatever, 2,344,999….Now for the weather. Al?” (Sleet, not Gore; that would be TOO inconvenient).

Barnestormer on June 29, 2009 at 1:11 PM

And Iran?

Iran so far away.

Gotta get away.

(That little tune will be bouncing through the mind today…)

coldwarrior on June 29, 2009 at 1:13 PM

Thanks cw for that tune from a flock of seagulls.
I really believe that Obama must think that Amamadjihadi is a leftwing dictator and thus worthy of being propped up by his Administration.

eaglewingz08 on June 29, 2009 at 2:14 PM

In other news, the fox is going to recount the hens.

Crusty on June 29, 2009 at 3:00 PM

I don’t know why they are even bothering with this charade.

a capella on June 29, 2009 at 10:17 AM

Because they need the practice. Their first try at this did not go at all well. You’d think that they’ve never rigged a vote before. Buncha amateurs!!

ss396 on June 29, 2009 at 11:17 PM