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Thanks to de Gondi for an excellent panorama of recent political movement here in Italy.   It's less important, but perhaps more amusing, to note that Berlusca's campaign against his erstwhile ally Gian Franco Fini (the "respectable" Fascist) may have been set off by a poll which reported Fini to be more popular than Berlusca. Certainly Berlusca's visit to Storace's inaugural party congress was a direct slap at Fini, but even more biting was the lengthy "TV profile" broadcast by "Striscia la Notizia", a satirical TV program transmitted by one of Berlusca's many TV networks.   The profile involved some old footage of Fini's pregnant mistress Elisabetta Tulliani with one of her previous lovers, a Perugia magnate and football club owner, complete with sarcastic commentary. The couple managed to excel the previous record holders for fatuous couplings, film tycoon Vittorio Cecchi Gori and starlet Valeria Marini. For photos  and commentary see

Hannah K. O'Luthon
by Hannah K OLuthon on Tue Nov 20th, 2007 at 10:43:40 AM EST
Thanks very much Hannah, and welcome back. I had commented previously on this saucy aspect of the whole affair. The Berlusconi channels and scandal mags are having a field day with Fini to the point that Confalonieri even apologized to Fini for overdoing it.

Berlusconi uses his media to tear apart enemies. He destroyed Marco Follini with a press campaign- and good deal of the negative perception of the present government is due to his press campaigns.

Fini in an interview to la Repubblica said his private life has nothing to do with his political decisions. They are two distinct spheres but the casual perception will always be that his political actions are a rebuttal. So Berlusconi wins either way.

This evening the two are short of declaring war. Berlusconi feigns that he's been insulted. Personally, I agree with Fini's evaluation of the situation with Berlusconi's antics and media mongering. Whatever, the House of "Liberties" is dead and good riddance. Berlusconi will in no way put together a majority without Allianza Nazionale. As for the gutted UDC the survivors should maroon themselves on the Left shore. Either that or play house boy for Berlusconi.

Now Berlusconi has put on the populist mask with his "ten" "million" signatures (apologies to Techno) and like any aspiring Caesar is in tune with the People. With Bossi's guns they might as well attack the State.

Berlusconi's helter-skelter conduct these past days makes him the Charles Manson of Italian politics.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Tue Nov 20th, 2007 at 02:33:41 PM EST
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