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But days after Berlusconi's appearance on a critic's television show attracted almost 9 million viewers, a survey by the Tecne research institute for SkyTG24 showed the former prime minister's alliance on 26% overall on Sunday, up 1.6 points from a day earlier.

i watched this, (aaaargh), and it was a depressing experience. b was such a good bullshit artist he not only held his ground, he ran rings around the different accusers, interlocutors and santoro, the host.

completely delusional, self-servingly shameless, sociopathically smug, and repellently reptilian, yet his narcissism so playfully contagious, it was like watching someone defying gravity.

brimming with egoic self-confidence, he proudly exuded his worldliness, jovially referring to his alimony payments proactively, and his illusionary international stature as statesman of global import.

he boasted how he could call his old gang of buddies (putin, bush, blair, aznar,) any time, and that cellphone call while keeping merkel waiting, well that was because he was busy chatting up the turkish premier persuading him to change a vote to ensure the success of the whole conference.

pretty much every sordid event of his career was thrown at him, and surrounded by the volleys and the lefty audience quite hostile to him, (likely an understatement!), he barely missed a beat, the attacks rolled right off him like water off a duck.

he pulled the same deceased rabbit out of the greasy old top hat, with vigour and verve, and suspended it on the mythomaniac wave of pleasure he thrilled to: the sheer bliss of being the man of the moment, riding in once again to save italy from the commies/liberals/politicised magistrates, calumnising reporters with personal vendettas against his sacrosanctity, and the german banks.
even at his age, the ability to spout out infinite reams of wishful drivel and revised history was guinness record winning, like a cobra-charmer, all he craved was to use his hands, voice, and cheesy ersatz warmth to recommence his hypnotic monologorrhea mantra, already supremely confident the country will be again swayed by his ebullient showbiz spiel to sign up to support whichever prince his majesty would endorse.

luckily for all of us, his ego's monumentality has impeded him from really rooting even for his anointed successor alfani, whose servility is reminiscent of the medvedev-putin show, but more grotesquely obvious.

his only ally, the racist secessionary lega is in splintered schism.

the only way out of this mess is the 5* movement, but they have so far been finessed out of the action, ensuring the usual circus is coming back to town after the cooler phase of technocratic misgovernment, backwards to the OTT invective, alliances that last 5 minutes before someone's back gets the shiv, and yet another transgenic group of opportunists falls in one-night-stand vote-lust with new heartthrob soulmates. all falling down tragicomic buffoonery to monty python levels, and elections 5 weeks away, no clear parties, policies or leaders remotely capable of uniting more than an impotent sliver of the increasingly disenchanted electorate, mostly more into food and football than politics.

seems like they're throwing everything at the wall and nothing is sticking.  


It's a fine line between homage, parody, and consumer opportunism. Jess Walter

by melo (melometa4(at) on Mon Jan 14th, 2013 at 10:37:10 PM EST
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wow melo, let it roll...

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anas Nin
by Crazy Horse on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 01:39:51 AM EST
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Berlu: the conjurer with the deceased rabbit.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 02:12:16 AM EST
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It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 04:04:53 AM EST
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heh, busted!

It's a fine line between homage, parody, and consumer opportunism. Jess Walter
by melo (melometa4(at) on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 06:11:52 AM EST
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The only people I can think of that come close would be Lomborg or Blair. Seems like he's in a class of his own.

sapere aude

by Number 6 on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 05:11:09 AM EST
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Well - it's a sales job. And he's a greasy salesman. So he's perfect for it.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 07:01:45 AM EST
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