It is difficult to take seriously someone who looks like a Computer Generated Image of himself.(Does anybody remember Max Headroom?)
So it will be a supreme irony if the means of Berlusconi's downfall is the result of his current prosecution; a drab, tawdry trouser area trial.
Al Capone's stock with anybody that liked that sort of thing went down somewhat on St Valentine's day, 1929. It focused a lot of attention on his affairs and Capone had appeared to have overstepped the mark from being just bad to being bad and careless. Too many bodies, too many public officials making embarrassed apologies for the crimewave.
Well, they got Al Capone for tax evasion and he went to jail. On his release, complications connected with syphilis caused his health to decline seriously and he died of a heart attack. At the time of his death his physician concluded that Capone had a mental age of 12.
Will there be a tipping point? Will there be a point at which too many loose ends and one too many double-crossed associates decide that time is up? Who can tell, but it takes very little, in the end, to bring down the all powerful because they have to be lucky all the time and the opposition only have to be lucky once.
UPDATE: Silvio Berlusconi is to face three women judges in the latest round of prosecutions.