Was Egyptian Democracy A Mirage?

Marc Lynch hopes not:

The [Supreme Council for the Armed Forces (SCAF)] may have every intention of manipulating the process to hold onto power, but that doesn't mean that they will be able to do so. Their consistent pattern of blundering and over-reaching, and then backing down in the face of public outrage, do not suggest that Egypt is being ruled by a masterful, unstoppable super-genius. Egypt's creative, restless and impatient political public should not be sidetracked by side battles or take their bait. If they want a transition to real democracy, now is the time to push hard to make sure that the elections deliver it.