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Messina to be given the Machiavelli award

Jim Messina. (Gerald Martineau/THE WASHINGTON POST)

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.

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.


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