"It may be that she feels this is the time when she could have a longer range impact, maybe not short range, but in the long run a buildup of democratic forces," Mr. Steinberg said.
Loosening of restrictions is no revolution →
"You have a whole set of new things happening," Mr. Steinberg said. "I don't know how far and how fast they can go on these things. But they are moving and ... they are moving in a manner that we might not have predicted."