A Surprising Win
Listening to the coverage of the victory of the Hamas in the Palestinian elections I beginning to suspect that among those most surprised and least prepared for the results was Hamas.
Fatah has held all of the offices and was in total control since the beginning. Hamas was running its paramilitary operations and social services, but it didn't have a "shadow cabinet", members that mirrored the government offices controlled by Fatah. I don't think Hamas has people ready to take over the government.
I'm getting a definite feeling that Hamas was expecting win enough seats in the legislature to be a respectable minority party and to gain some experience in the government, but had no plans for forming a government.
This may be an example of everyone hating the election results, even the winners.