Le Prix Trudeau for Best Un-American Politician

A mix of the world-historical with the world-hysterical makes for a fascinating Foreign Stinque field this year. Robert Mugabe shows that you don’t need to be President of the United States to drag your country into the ground, while Hu Jintao shows you can ignore the President of the United States with impunity, if your country is a big enough market. Nicolas Sarkozy just shows too much, on the other hand, while Stephen Harper shows how adorable a Canadian constitutional crisis can be. And Fidel Castro? Ten Presidents and counting.

And the winner is…

Fidel Castro. Clearly a sentimental vote by the judges — Thursday marks the 50th anniversary of the fall of Havana.

Next hour: Silver Sausage for Legislative Accomplishment

The 2008 Stinque Awards

Accepting the award for el señor presidente y comandante de la revolución is Benicio del Toro, star of the soon-to-be-released blockbuster Che

The CIA would like to give Castro the following gifts:
Exploding Cigar
Poison filled Wet Suit
A Radioactive Smoothie
Nair filled Shower Cap

Another excellent choice by the judges. Who else has overthrown a dictator, tossed the Mafia out of his nation, brought the US and USSR to the brink of nuclear war and lived to tell the tale for another 45 years? Castro makes all of the other candidates look like they haven’t really accomplished anything.

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