Commentary has been muffled on the important Iranian parliamentary (Majlis) election. Most reports have said that Ahmadinejad's group, the Principalists, won and "reformers" lost, but with warnings of splits in the Principalists over economic issues. This is essentially correct, although things are more complicated. First, the pro-reform Khatami group appears to have gained seats from about 30 to about 50 (out of 290), despite being limited by the Council of Guardians to only running 120 total (and the Rafsanjani group did not run at all), see http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/middle_east/7299733.stm. The Principalists are reported to have gotten 71% of the seats, http://www2.irna.ir/en/news/view/line-24/0803166580104449.htm,
however a substantial block of these are "reformist" or "pragmatic" conservatives who are critical of Ahmadinejad on economic policy.
Most of the little commentary in the West has been scary, that Ahmadinejad has been backed. But the real subtext is the domination by Supreme Jurisprudent Ali Khamene'i, who encouraged the pragmatic conservatives while blocking the Khatami group, with the somewhat moderate former nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani winning big in Qom, and poised to become Speaker of the Assembly. The key point is that Khamene'i has been very clear in supporting a civilian nuclear power program while opposing a military one, just what the US NIE reported this past fall. Thus, while many in the US do not like these guys, there is every reason to believe that they are not pursuing nuclear weapons, the underpinning of the Bush approach to Iran (and apparently that of McCain as well, who has just bizarrely announced that Iran has been training and supporting al Qaeda in Iraq, on which point Joe Lieberman had to correct him by whispering in his ear).