His approval ratings may be tanking, but that doesn't mean Silvio Berlusconi has lost his sense of humor.
The comments came in the middle of a discussion with lawmakers over a potential party name change. 'Go Italy' has dipped in the polls, though that might have more to do with current events than semantics.
Berlusconi's colleagues were largely unfeathered by the premier's trademark vulgarity. He routinely makes jokes about his infamous sex life. Earlier this year, Berlusconi crudely joked about having sex with his secretary on a table, The Daily Mail reports. Just last month, the prime minister also came under fire for allegedly making a vulgar comment about German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
"I have to say Berlusconi's latest quip wasn't bad," said one Italian lawmaker, "'Go Pussy!' just about sums up his lifestyle and his way of doing politics."