Memo to the mullahs: if you're going to fake an election, at least make the results look plausible. According to the official tally in Iran's presidential race on Friday, incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad did not just beat his three opponents, he crushed them, winning 63 percent of the vote and a majority in all 30 provinces.
What's more, he beat his pro-reform rivals even in their hometowns and among their own ethnic groups, an extraordinarily unlikely feat.
A more interesting question than whether the balloting was fixed, though, is what the US should do about the results. As the demonstrations grow more heated, some conservatives are calling on President Barack Obama to crack down. "Initial reports by 'administration officials' are that they say they're not going to change their policy of dialogue. I think (the Iranian regime) should be condemned," said Senator John McCain.
McCain is correct that Obama has been reluctant to condemn Tehran; other than declaring that he was "troubled" by the situation on Monday, he has been quiet. …