It seems like everyone wants to be a democrat. A couple days ago we noted some of Hugo Chavez’ democratic values. George W. Bush has continually talked about spreading democracy and freedom throughout the world (at least no one can say he’s had mixed success).
Even North Korea is officially “The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.”*
Enter Vladimir Putin. (He does judo!)
Not only does he proudly proclaim his democrat bonafides, he claims he’s the only democrat.
Nicely done, although Hugo and George may want a few words with you.
He points out there’s stuff in the West, like Guantánamo, that shouldn’t exactly be features of a modern democracy. No word on how he defended some of his policies in Russia, besides saying “I’m not an authoritarian.”