What has happened in Italy is still too painful to talk about, but consider this: the Honorable Bernie Sanders, the junior Senator from Vermont, is a Socialist. Because of the bad timing of the elections, quirks of the new electoral law, the ever-present suicidal tendencies of the Left everywhere, and the way the new “Partito Democratico” was founded, there is now no Leftist party in the Italian Senate, for the first time since the Republic exists. The most progressive party is this new left-center-right party whose members range from moderates to Catholic conservatives (read: religious nuts), and which has the American Democratic Party as a model.
It was even worse in the race for Mayor of Rome, which was, to translate to the American setting, one between a more openly Fascist version of Giuliani and a less progressive version of Huckabee.
And I predict that soon the Chinese will be able to say, sure CCTV is a lying state-controlled propaganda machine, but have you seen RAI?