The Ayatollah's Vote

Blake Hounshell asks:

How will Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei play it? In ideology and temperament, he's much closer to Ahmadinejad, who he supported in 2005. But Khamenei's expressed some displeasure with the incumbent over the past year and he certainly doesn't want to be associated with the lousy Iranian economy. Maybe he'll decide to sit this one out?

On a related note, Hooman Majd's recent – and very readable – book on Iran, The Ayatollah Begs to Differ, is must-reading for anyone who wants to understand the culture and political atmosphere in the country.