Extending the iron grip of freedom
Check out this post in the Post which pretty well sums up the U.S. "meddling" in Ukraine election. I said previously here and here that Russia's involvement in the Ukraine election was reprehensible, as well as the U.S. media's coverage of it. They were more interested (CBS most notably) in finding fault with the U.S. for meddling in the election.
And why not? After all, such efforts injected an unwanted modicum of fairness and transparency into the election when the existing government had every right to inject fraud, hinder the legitimate prevention of free speech, and prevent a perfectly fairly stolen election from staying stolen.
The effect this will have on Ukraine is no doubt clear. Entrenched pro-authoritarian elites will be increasingly powerless against the cruel will of the average citizen and his and her misbegotten vote. Votes will actually be cast and counted on a one for one basis. People will be disenfranchised when voters who have already voted at least once, will be turned away from the polls because of a cynical one-man-one-vote rule. Where is Jesse Jackson in all this!?! And worst of all, intimidation of Yuschenko supporters by Yanukovych/Kuchma jackboots will actually be seen as election tampering. What has the world come to?
As the Democrats have properly noted in the United States, preventing such tactics makes it much harder for them to win elections. Just like a fair election will put Yuschenko on top. How completely bourgeois.