Let's Not Proclaim Berlusconi Over Just Yet

Is it too early to write Silvio Berlusconi’s political obituary? I am not a superstitious person, but suggesting that “his final gamble has failed” seems like a bad idea, in a “man plans, God laughs” kind of way. In any event, there’ll be plenty of opportunity to figure it all out after Italy votes this weekend. If you’ve got time, read this New Yorker article from 2008 about Beppe Grillo, whose 5-Star movement may both deny Berlusconi the ability to screw the country while also screwing the country in its own right.