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Posted on Nov 11, 2006
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It seems like just yesterday that Karl Rove was touted as a campaign genius.  Now Britain’s Labour Party is tapping Howard Dean for his election wisdom.


The Guardian:

Labour has enlisted one of the engineers of this week’s Democratic victory in the U.S. midterm elections in an attempt to boost its flagging fortunes before the local elections in May.

Howard Dean, the former presidential candidate and one of the men credited with masterminding the trouncing of the Republicans, will visit the U.K. next month to brief party officials about his pioneering campaigning techniques.

“The Welsh, Scottish and local elections next year are our midterms,” said Hazel Blears, Labour’s chair. “It has to be done differently for us to carry on being successful. ... We’re looking at how [the Democrats] have upped their game.”

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By Bukko in Australia, November 12, 2006 at 4:54 pm Link to this comment
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Right after Sept. 11, 2001 I thought him a lovely man too. Nobly spoken, with moral courage; I wished we could have had him as our leader in the U.S. instead of the smirking chimp. But somehow, our moron seems to have hypnotised him and made him incompetent. And now I’ve moved to a country where the PM has crawled so far up Bush’s arsehole that he’s standing on Tony’s head!

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By Stanley Gold, November 12, 2006 at 7:03 am Link to this comment
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Bukko my lad, not only have I heard of him - I went to school with him! A lovely man.

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By Bukko in Australia, November 11, 2006 at 6:35 pm Link to this comment
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Yes, Stanley, that situation DOES exist in Great Britain. It exists because of the leader of Labour, the party that Dean was hired to help. His name is Tony Blair. Perhaps you’ve heard of him. He’s the one with his head up George Bush’s arsehole.

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By Stanley Gold, November 11, 2006 at 1:29 pm Link to this comment
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If the Labour Party in Britain has to defeat a Party with a Bush-like leader, Howard Dean has a good chance of helping them. Otherwise, we’ll just have to wait and see. Let us remember that Dean had an electorate that was very upset with the Republicans, and especially with Bush and Cheney. Does that situation exist in Great Britain?

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