Consider first the "Palestinian Spring" story.
So here's an entrenched calling for his own ouster? After all the Arab spring involved deposing existing leaders.
Next up is that well known reformer King Abdullah giving women the right to vote.
Not in the upcoming election of course, but later. This will make a big difference in Saudi policies I'm sure as votes mean so much in the Kingdom.
PS: If you are wondering where I get off calling a geriatric despot a "reformer", it's right in the AP story linked to above:
"The right to vote is by far the biggest change introduced by Abdullah, considered a reformer, since he became the country's de facto ruler in 1995 during the illness of King Fahd."