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Moderate Candidate Wins Iran's Presidential Vote
Wall Street Journal ^

Posted on 06/15/2013 11:19:16 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Moderate Candidate Wins Iran's Presidential Vote By FARNAZ FASSIHI

BEIRUT—Hassan Rohani, the candidate backed by the opposition and reformist political factions, was declared the winner in Iran's presidential vote, giving a decisive victory to Iranians calling for change.

Iran's interior minister, Mostafa Mohammad Najjar, said at a press conference Saturday in Tehran that Mr. Rohani had obtained more than 50% of more than 36 million votes cast in Friday's election.

Supporters of moderate candidate Hassan Rohani took to the streets to celebrate after he was declared winner of Iran's presidential election. Photo: Associated Press.

Conservative candidates did poorly in vote counts so far, especially the candidates perceived to be the closest to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The current nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, ranked fourth and Ali Akbar Velayati, a former foreign minister, was fifth. Mohsen Rezaei, the former commander of the Revolutionary Guards, who made the economy his top campaign issue, ranked third. The votes for all three men are below 13% so far.

Iran analysts and media pundits had said that if Mr. Rohani wins with a large margin, it should serve as wake-up call for Mr. Khamenei and his circle of conservative advisers that their hard-line policies ranging from the standoff over the nuclear issue to the dire state of the economy have been rejected by the majority of the population.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iranelection; iranpolitics; iranpresident; israel; jalili; rohani; rowhani; russia; syria; velayati; waronterror
Moderate my rear end........
1 posted on 06/15/2013 11:19:16 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

“Wins”? He was placed there, just like Obama, it’s all Orwellian. Why is the media acting stupid?


2 posted on 06/15/2013 11:24:19 AM PDT by lavaroise
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To: Sub-Driver

Moderate maybe compared to “Supreme Leader” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei?


3 posted on 06/15/2013 11:24:30 AM PDT by CitizenUSA (Why celebrate evil? Evil is easy. Good is the goal worth striving for.)
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To: Sub-Driver

That and a nickle buys a nice hot cup of JACK SQUAT!

Khameini is the absolute ruler, elections are a “dog and pony show.”


4 posted on 06/15/2013 11:27:17 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Sub-Driver

Mohammed’s Dictionary defines “moderate” as “only 95% certifiably insane”


5 posted on 06/15/2013 11:28:00 AM PDT by ken5050 (Due to all the WH scandals, MSNBC is changing its slogan from "Lean Forward" to "BOHICA")
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To: ken5050

A moderate is one that believes a head cutting an infidel should be quick and painless, as opposed to long and painful.


6 posted on 06/15/2013 11:29:21 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Sub-Driver

Sure, he’s “moderate.” I can see it. He prefers to use a sharp sword when beheading infidels.


7 posted on 06/15/2013 11:32:42 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: Sub-Driver

it should serve as wake-up call for Mr. Khamenei and his circle of conservative advisers that their hard-line policies ranging from the standoff over the nuclear issue to the dire state of the economy have been rejected by the majority of the population.

As our esteemed X SOS once said,
“At this point what difference does it make?”

The “majority” of the Pop don’t mean diddly to Khamenei
and his ilk.


8 posted on 06/15/2013 11:34:31 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Sub-Driver

That’s like saying Trotsky was a moderate communist.


9 posted on 06/15/2013 11:39:03 AM PDT by fso301
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To: Sub-Driver

I’m really sick and tired of the left-wing media calling fanatical Muslim terrorists “conservative.” There’s nothing conservative about it.

Funny that the terrorists always seem to be holding hands with the leftists, if they would just bother to look.

Because Muslims and Communists agree on at least two issues: all power to the state, its rulers and propagandists, and no freedom for the little guys.


10 posted on 06/15/2013 11:39:26 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Sub-Driver
Moderate my rear end...

Don't fully dismiss the youth leading the way for a change in attitude in Iran, at least incrementally.

Does this mean that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is out?

11 posted on 06/15/2013 11:42:06 AM PDT by sargon (I don't like the sound of these here Boncentration Bamps!)
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To: tet68

Did you read about the joke format of the first Iranian presidential debate?

“London, Asharq Al-Awsat—Iranian state-run television was accused of intentionally seeking to humiliate the presidential candidates in their first live group debate.

The debate took place on Friday afternoon and saw all 8 candidates asked to sit alongside each other and answer questions in a quiz-style format. The candidates were only granted 90 seconds to answer, and in some cases were even offered multiple choice answers or only permitted to provide yes or no answers.”

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“MP Ahmad Tavakolli, who twice ran as a presidential candidate in 1989 and 1993, expressed surprise at the debate format, saying that this served to “degrade the [Iranian] public and the Islamic republic”, according to Khabar Online.

“I am shocked that the candidates tolerated such a humiliating format and did not walk out of the studio,” Tavakolli added.”

http://www.aawsat.net/2013/06/article55304101

& this gem from another article:

‘“In honor of the dear people of my country I will sit here, but I will answer none of your test questions,” said Aref, gesticulating with his pen towards the moderator standing in front of an image of Khamenei.

“I am a patient person and I can tolerate a lot,” added Rezaie. “With these repetitive, discontinuous, short, one-to-three minute answers, the people are being harmed and the eight people up here are being insulted.”’


12 posted on 06/15/2013 11:45:20 AM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: Sub-Driver
feh... so what, Khamenei still runs the show, he's simply the front man
13 posted on 06/15/2013 11:46:00 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Fantasywriter

Did you read about the joke format of the first Iranian presidential debate?

No, but I saw the ones here and it was enough to make
me cry...


14 posted on 06/15/2013 11:48:38 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: sargon

Yep. Asking for asylum in Hong Kong!


15 posted on 06/15/2013 11:49:55 AM PDT by Sub-Driver (Proud member of the Republican wing of the Republican Party)
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To: sargon

Yes, Ahmadinejad is out. But the ‘moderate’ who won was one of two candidates backed by the ruling clerics, so he may not be much of an improvement. Otoh, the rest of the contenders were ‘hardliners’, so his victory is a hopeful sign, however slight.


16 posted on 06/15/2013 11:52:07 AM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: tet68

If Republicans learned nothing from the Candy Crowley debacle, there is no hope. For years the GOP has submitted to debates entirely moderated by leftist activists. If that doesn’t finally change, ‘the party of stupid’ is too kind a characterization.


17 posted on 06/15/2013 11:54:23 AM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: sargon

I’m-a-dinner-jacket is out, technically, but not gone, by a long shot.


18 posted on 06/15/2013 11:54:24 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: dfwgator
Khameini is the absolute ruler, elections are a “dog and pony show.”

Well that may be, but at least we don't have to listen to Ahmanutjob any more.

19 posted on 06/15/2013 11:55:16 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Moderate Candidate Wins Iran's Presidential Vote

Isn't a moderate muslim one who wants only to cut your head half off?

5.56mm

20 posted on 06/15/2013 11:56:38 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: dfwgator

A moderate also believes a rape victim should be hanged instead of stoned to death.


21 posted on 06/15/2013 11:56:41 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: Fantasywriter
Candidates think this time, this time, it will be different, they like me.

Fools.

The media IS the rat party.

22 posted on 06/15/2013 11:56:50 AM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: Sub-Driver

They allowed the Reformist to win so they could allow the Green movement to vent off agitation since the last election.

I guarantee you in a year or so they’ll start to crack down on Reformists once they’ve calmed down and are out in the open again.

If you read Green Movement tweets, some of the wiser Iranians are well aware of this cynical ploy.


23 posted on 06/15/2013 12:05:22 PM PDT by Shadow44
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To: Sub-Driver

In the good old days of Soviet Communism they used to talk about the “moderate” ones.

“Moderate” is a MSM joke expression.

“Moderate” in Iranian terms means nothing since the mullahs ultimately control the country, they even decided who was allowed to be a candidate in this election.


24 posted on 06/15/2013 12:08:56 PM PDT by Nextrush (A BALANCED BUDGET NOW AND PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN ARE AT THE TOP OF MY LIST)
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To: going hot

“The media IS the rat party.”

Anybody w 2 brains cells to rub together knows this. Yet the GOP never even lobbies for a conservative moderator. They never utter so much as a peep. It’s almost like they want to lose, or something.


25 posted on 06/15/2013 12:14:44 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: Fantasywriter

Minimal synaptic potential


26 posted on 06/15/2013 12:18:26 PM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: Fantasywriter

Sound quite similar to the Presidential debates in the USA, especially during the primaries.

“I am a patient person and I can tolerate a lot,” added Rezaie. “With these repetitive, discontinuous, short, one-to-three minute answers, the people are being harmed and the eight people up here are being insulted.”’


27 posted on 06/15/2013 12:20:02 PM PDT by Henry Hnyellar
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To: Sub-Driver
"Moderate," indeed. No one, but NO ONE, is allowed to stand on the ballot in Iran who isn't 100 percent approved by the Mullahs.

While it may be true that there were significant differences between the 12th Imam crowd of the outgoing "Aminijahad" and the big cheese head mullah, the latter accusing the former of witchcraft, etc. -- the idea that this isn't designed to divert the West from Iran's nuclear ambitions can't be ignored.

The proxy war between the Saudis and Iranian continues to heat up, with the anxious help of the present administration, and we could be slouching into a world war.

Anyone for a betting pool on the first asshat in the Legacy Media to mention an "Iranian Spring?"

28 posted on 06/15/2013 12:22:09 PM PDT by Prospero (Si Deus trucido mihi, ego etiam fides Deus.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Pretty much what I thought only said nicer.


29 posted on 06/15/2013 12:37:46 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: Henry Hnyellar

I agree w you, there are similarities. However, there were differences too. Most strikingly, all 8 Iranian candidates were equally humiliated, as opposed to here, where the Dem is enabled & the Republican is undercut. Also, all 8 Iranian candidates rebelled against the moderator, whereas here the Dem & the moderator stage a lovefest, & the GOPer submissively accepts the 2 against 1 format.

Finally, our debates, while admittedly weak in format, never descend to the Pictionary level:

“Eventually, the moderator had the good sense to switch gears:

Presenter: in respect to candidates who objected , we stop our short questions. We show you some pictures, we want to know your interpretation.

What proceeded was, as Esfandiari put it, “a presidential Rorschach test” where candidates were shown pictures including a ship (prompting candidate Hasan Rowhani to reasonably reference how international sanctions are hurting sea transport) and a patient recovering from surgery in a hospital (which launched candidate Mohammad Gharazi into a more tangential discussion of Iran’s obesity problem).”

http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/05/31/iranian_presidential_debate_pictures_quiz


30 posted on 06/15/2013 12:39:46 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: Sub-Driver

A “moderate?” woo-hoo!

Now he will stop the centrifuges, stop aiding Hezbollah, stop aiding Assad, stop saying idiotic things about Israel, begin talks with Israel, stop harassing Gulf shipping, disband the Revolutionary Guards,

mm-hmmm.


31 posted on 06/15/2013 12:55:05 PM PDT by cookcounty (IRS = Internal Revenge Service.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Yep


32 posted on 06/15/2013 1:04:02 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: lavaroise

Because they hope you are. Moderate elected in Iran, decisive victory for Iranians calling for change. Want to buy a bridge in Brooklyn?


33 posted on 06/15/2013 1:07:48 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Sorry, but I love the fact he got his degrees from Glasgow Caledonian University. The whole world values a fine Scottish education.


34 posted on 06/15/2013 1:39:30 PM PDT by the scotsman (i)
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To: Sub-Driver

A “moderate” Jihadist

haha, what a joke


35 posted on 06/15/2013 2:16:50 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Sub-Driver

Those Iranian moderates are such gentle souls. ;-)


36 posted on 06/15/2013 3:26:09 PM PDT by Maelstorm (This country wasn't founded with the battle cry "Give me liberty or give me a govt check!")
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To: Sub-Driver

Does that mean he only kills infidels six days a week?


37 posted on 06/15/2013 4:44:27 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I had the misfortune of watching part of the See BS Evening News Saturday night.

The anchor was speaking by satellite to their correspondent in London, Elizabeth Palmer.

This idiot Elizabeth Palmer said that all the candidates in the Iranian election are “conservative.” Then she had the gall to say this, “It would be like if all the candidates in our presidential election were members of the TEA Party.”

Profanity is discouraged on this web site so I won’t say what I shouted at the TV from the kitchen.


38 posted on 06/15/2013 5:23:02 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (November 4, 2008 and November 6, 2012.....Two days that will live in infamy!)
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To: Sub-Driver

At least Mr. Hockmydinnerjacket is out!


39 posted on 06/15/2013 11:21:32 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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To: Fantasywriter

Hmmmm? A bit like the Chicago combine. Candidates for both parties chosen by the leading class !


40 posted on 06/16/2013 10:46:48 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then!)
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To: Sub-Driver
What a sick joke.as if their “president” has a single thing to say about government policy.It's the clowns with the gray bears and the black dresses who run things there.You know the ones...they tell the people that you only use your *left* hand to “clean” yourself after having “relieved” yourself.They're the ones who tell men that they can marry a girl of 7 but sex is verboten until her 9th birthday.
41 posted on 06/16/2013 12:09:43 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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To: Sub-Driver

“Meet the new boss....same as the old boss”


42 posted on 06/16/2013 12:30:15 PM PDT by montag813
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To: Sub-Driver

WTF is a moderate islamist? One who shakes your hand while he stabs you in the back?


43 posted on 06/16/2013 5:43:25 PM PDT by womanvet (This space for rent.)
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