H/t + cutline credit: Andrew Sullivan.
Dueling interpretations are the inevitable result when outsiders attempt to decipher the indecipherable.
Cases in point: this post from Dave Schuler, arguing that Ahmadinejad’s win should not surprise us, and this post from Renard Sexton, arguing that there are legitimate reasons to question the results.*
Meanwhile, the protests in Iran are not only continuing, they seem to be gaining momentum.
* With all due respect to Schuler, Sexton’s post strikes me as the more persuasive. Schuler focuses on a single poll; Sexton employs what seems to be a much more robust statistical analysis. Moreover, Schuler relies on this op-ed in today’s WaPo by Ken Ballen and Patrick Doherty. Juan Cole and Nate Silver (via Andrew Sullivan) question Ballen and Doherty.