It is my humble impression that a large liberal contingent exists in Iran. So when the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, condemns Ahmadinejad for touching Hugo Chaves’ mother at a state funeral I can’t help but believe about 50% of the population is thinking “oh brother, here we go.”
This seems like Ahmadinejad’s perfect opportunity to say “I’m with it, I’m hip,” and court that large segment of the population who thinks he’s far from hip and/or with it. Think about it – right now Ahmadinejad has pain and suffering on his side. To condemn a man for comforting a mother who just lost her son to cancer would be heartless and insensitive.