I followed the link given by one of the readers of this blog - and read the US reaction to the Azerbaijan election. I don't have the quotes in front of me - but the message was that this was an improvement over the last election. Incredible. Voter fraud was unnecessary - because the opposition boycotted the election. You can argue with the decision to boycott the election - but it's hard to call it a real contested election, where effectively there is only one candidate. Amazing. But does the US retain any credibility in the business of democracy promotion?
On a related note, I read yesterday about the team of Russian election observers going to check out the contest in the US. Good for them. There are some people in Florida, Mississippi, and Ohio (to name a few states) who could give first class lessons in voter fraud.