Jim Messina. (Gerald Martineau/THE WASHINGTON POST)

The Oscars won’t be given for another month, but there are other awards worthy of note.

We got this announcement Thursday from the Italian American Democratic Leadership Council about Obama’s 2012 campaign manager: “Jim Messina to receive Machiavelli Award as the Italian American Democrat of the Year at Inaugural Reception Sunday.”

The council says the “award honors the legacy of Niccolo Machiavelli, the first political scientist and showcases a current political mastermind.”

Quite so. Of course Machiavelli, author of The Prince, is best remembered for counseling that, on occasion, opponents need to be dealt with most forcefully. Hmmm.