Clockwise: Churchill, Ahmadinejad, Rouhani, Atlee
In 1945, the British people passed over the hardline policies of Churchill and the conservatives in favor of Atlee, who promised a moderate government focused on enjoying the peace achieved at heavy cost during World War II.
In 2013, the Iranian people have passed over the hardline policies of Ahmadinejad and the conservatives in favor of a moderate government that promises to achieve a peace, after a resistance that's come at a heavy price.
Granted the analogy fails when comparing respective economic policies: Ahamadinejad's economic policies are closer to Atlee's. However the analogy serves to put the Iranian election in perspective.
Additional thoughts on the election:
-Given the roughly 13% lower voter turnout than 2009, it appears a slice of the electorate previously voting conservative stayed at home.
-Also, it appears a slice of the electorate previously voting conservative in 2009 provided a "swing vote" to the more moderate Rouhani.
-Ahmadinejad not endorsing a candidate appears to have adversely affected the conservative candidates, in a way similar to Gore not accepting Clinton's public assistance during the U.S. 2000 election.
-The conservative candidates appear to have run on a platform heavily ditzing on Ahmadinejad which, in addition to the above observation, served to provide a "prefect storm" upon the conservatives and provided Rouhani with a first round victory.
-Contrary to this writer's previous expectation that the "Shark" Rasfanjani was "finished" in Iranian politics, Rouhani's victory provides him with continued relevancy.