Riverbend is making essentially the same point I made about Chalabi - he is being put in a position where he is certain to be elected - unless the Shiites boycott the entire Shiite list.
Interestingly enough, Ali over at Iraq the Model, which is currently disputing Riverbend about how much the Iraqi public supports the January elections, has the same view of Chalabi that I do:
"Chalabi was not really pro-American because he was not pro-Iraqi in the first place. He was just pro-Chalabi."
That is all.