An article in the Guardian suggests the boomlet belief that Mousavi had a chance of winning was just a mirage in the minds of western reporters who were spending their time in Tehran, particularly the wealthier and more educated neighborhoods, and had little sense of the wellsprings of piety and rural and working class resentment that fueled Ahmadinejad’s reelection. Not sure that’s the right take or not. There are certainly abundant claims of fraud from the opposition today. But it’s a counterpoint that is at least worth a good read and probably contains at least some real measure of truth.
Meanwhile, Mr. Mousavi seems to be digging in, insisting Ahmadinejad won through fraud, and calling on his supporters to resist.
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.