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