A New Iran?

It seems strong-headed presidents just aren't resonating with voters this year. Moderate Iranian candidates have taken strong early leads in Friday's Iranian election for local councils and the (technically) powerful Assembly of Experts. The results are widely seen as an embarrassment for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his kooky agenda, despite actually earning some respect in the Middle East for frustrating U.S. military efforts in Iraq.

This could mean good news for future diplomatic efforts pushed by the Iraq Study Group, but in the short-run, we'll be looking for Ahmadinejad to accept the resignation of the Iranian Rumsfeld (and then throw him a loving farewell ceremony).