His loudmouthed inside-the-beltway boors are still booing Democratic boss Howard Dean, despite the party's strong election showing, but they're eating him up like sweet Vermont maple syrup in Canada and overseas. Party bigs say the former Vermont guv is headed to Europe to cheer on liberal parties in England, Spain, and Portugal. His keynote address this month to Canada's beleaguered Liberal Party, fans say, was just a warm-up. Dean's message: Show folks like England's Laborites how to remake their top-down outfits into grassroots organizations just as he did at the Democratic National Committee. "A lot of these parties are where the Democrats were a few years ago," says an insider, "when there were people in the party who said, 'We have to be more like Republicans,'and others who said, 'We have to stand up for what we believe in.'"
And the video from his well-received speech in Montreal.
"The head of the Government, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, and the leader of the Democratic Party of the United States, Howard Dean, met today in the Palace of Moncloa for, among other subjects, to analyze the collaboration between the PSOE and the democrats. In the meeting, according to socialist sources, a review became of the situation that live some international conflicts, like the one of Iraq or the Palestinian-Israeli, and the collaboration between the PSOE and the Democratic Party was analyzed."
France's socialist presidential candidate Segolene Royal, right, shakes hands with Howard Dean, chairman of the United States Democratic Committee, during the Party of European Socialists congress in Porto, northern Portugal Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)
She is said to have copied the pattern of Dean's internet campaign, appealing to the grassroots.
Dean and Italy's Romano Prodi discussing in Portugal.
AP - Fri Dec 8, 12:58 PM ET United States Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean, left, talks with Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi, right, during the Party of European Socialists congress in Porto, northern Portugal, Friday, Dec. 8, 2006.(AP Photo/Stringer
United States Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean, left, talks with Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi, center, along with President of PES group in European Parliament Martin Schulzs at far right, during the Party of European Socialists congress in Porto, northern Portugal, Friday, Dec. 8, 2006. (AP Photo/Stringer)
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