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Beppe Grillo's Protest Group Wins Italian Hearts

The Grillini lawmakers indicate they will shun the traditional perks of office, in which politicians spend lavishly on hotels and expensive dishes like caviar pasta while in Rome. Instead they will share accommodations and seek out vegetarian fare.

But all lack experience, making them an unknown quantity.

"We know nothing, absolutely nothing" about these new lawmakers, noted political commentator Sergio Romano said.

For all the revolution his forces promise to bring, the former comic also is showing new signs of reasonableness.

After criticizing Italy's president for years, he praised him Thursday for defending Italy amid cutting remarks from a German politician who said Italy had elected "two clowns " â¿¿ a reference to Grillo and Berlusconi.

Napolitano, in Germany on a state visit, canceled a dinner with the politician after the comment.

"In these years he has been criticized for many, in my opinion, mistaken choices," Grillo wrote on his blog. "But in Germany I saw my president of the Republic. An Italian who stood up straight. Hats off!"

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