People often define Iran's government as a despotic regime. Takeyh quote clearly says that the Guardian Council had a candidate in the elections, and their guy didn't even get to the second round of the elections. Talk about a flawed tyranny, they can't even get their favored candidate elected! Takeyh describes the new President of Iran as critical of the self-serving economic actions of the old Guard. He says young conservatives like him, but the old conservatives don't. This talk was given at the Nixon Center and was hosted by Robert McFarlane (National Security Advisor to President Reagan). Hardly some left-wing ideologue.