Le Prix Trudeau for Best Un-American Politician

We may not be able to point out their countries on a map, but we know international talent when we see it — at least when it’s able to penetrate the near-impermeable barrier of American media. So until the last foreign bureau lays off the last journalist, we pay tribute to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who managed to steal an election and spark a revolution; to Silvio Berlusconi, who shows us how dangerous Rupert Murdoch could be; to Hugo Chávez, whose claim to fame here is not sharing books with Barack Obama, but setting off wingnut alarms whenever his name is mentioned; and Muammar Gaddafi, who still hasn’t finished his UN speech.

And the winner is…

Silvio Berlusconi. We’re suckers for Italian sex scandals.

Next hour: Eminence Grease for Most Evil Organization

The 2009 Stinque Awards

Also for getting the shit beat out of him by angry guy and then trying to spin it to show how tough he was taking one punch and going down in a bloody heap.

@ManchuCandidate: If Silvio were a real fascist he would have grabbed the guy and chewed off his face.

You know, if you write an invitation (i.e., mention the dancing girls), Silvio might just come and speak at your local strip club to accept this award.

You’ve gotta give Ahmadinnerjacket “A” for effort–he was having protesters killed and arrested right up to the final moments of the vote.

@Mistress Cynica: Which immediately disqualified him. I have my limits of bad taste.

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