Is Ahmadinejad Iran’s McCain?

Could be.

Nazila Fathi at the International Herald Tribune reports conservative unrest surrounding the congrats/outreach letter that the Iranian prez sent to Prez-elect Obama on his win. But as it looks like a moderate opponent like Mohammed Khatami might profit from that kind of infighting, they signal a desire to resettle behind their candidate.

Combine that kind of dynamic with Ahmadinejad’s more rural popularity and the political damage from an economy damaged by his hostility towards the rest of the world, and you start to approach a tempting analogy.


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