Wow. Our experiment is off to a great start—let's see if we can finish it off sooner than expected.
From Azizullah Ludin, chairman of Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission, on how the runoff between incumbent Hamid Karzai and challenger Abdullah Abdullah is going to turn out:
We will have another election, and we’ll have the same result. Karzai is going to win.
Dexter Filkins of the New York Times reports that Ludin "smiled broadly" when he made this pronouncement. That's very comforting. Via Isaac Chotiner.