The Iranian Vote
Today is Election Day in Iran. Call me a pessimist, but I don't expect much improvement in our relations with Tehran, regardless of who wins the Iranian presidential election.
Regimechangeiran.com has the best analysis I've seen so far, exposing some of the chicanery associated with Iran's electoral process. Judging from his report, it seems that the ruling mullahs would be right at home in the Democratic Party. It also appears that many Iranian voters are sitting this one out, convinced that they have no real choice among the candidates, and no real hope for democratic reform.
Predictably, Katrina vanden Heuvel of The Nation is praising the "transparency" of the Iranian vote. She must have been equally impressed with Saddam's "democratic" elections in Iraq, where he garnered an amazing 99% of the vote.