Bangkok Pundit (BP) -- who is live-blogging the results -- sees evidence here that military's show of support for a particular party might be toxic.** Noting that the Democrats did quite well, PB observes that another smaller party, Puea Paendin, which the military had backed, fared poorly. He suggests that if the military had more fervently backed the Democrats they would have done even worse:
If the military had really supported the Democrats I wonder what that would have done for their poll numbers. The military can control or limit the information that people receive, but they can't make people vote for their candidates. The elite should take notice.All my jots concerning the 2007 election are gathered here. BP's blog has comprehensive coverage of the Thai election results. There is breaking analysis at New Mandala also.
* The largest of the small parties, Chart Thai, has won maybe 40 seats, but had been expected to win about 60 seats.
** I have revised this paragraph since its initial posting, as I had misinterpreted BP (see comment).