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Thursday, November 07, 2002


With GOP win, Dean attracts notice

posted by Aziz P. at Thursday, November 07, 2002 permalink View blog reactions
I just wanted to point out that a lot of fellow bloggers have looked at the GOP victory with regard to its potential effect on Howard Dean. I think that at this point, the charge of "you lost the government in 2002!" can be applied to every single potential Democratic contender for the Presidential nomination with the exception of Gore and Dean.

Here are bloggers who have some things to say about Dean's chance at the spotlight:

Nick Denton
Matthew Yglesias
Chris Mooney

BTW, there was a huge spike in visitors to the Dean Blog on Wednesday (after the complete election results were finally in). The average visits are about 50 a day, the previous spike was 150, Wednesday saw 250 unique visitors. The referral logs show a large number of Google queries about Dean's position on Iraq and the Bush tax cuts. Clearly, it isn't just bloggers but also web surfers in general who are putting 2 and 2 together.


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Nation-Building was founded by Aziz Poonawalla in August 2002 under the name Dean Nation. Dean Nation was the very first weblog devoted to a presidential candidate, Howard Dean, and became the vanguard of the Dean netroot phenomenon, raising over $40,000 for the Dean campaign, pioneering the use of Meetup, and enjoying the attention of the campaign itself, with Joe Trippi a regular reader (and sometime commentor). Howard Dean himself even left a comment once. Dean Nation was a group weblog effort and counts among its alumni many of the progressive blogsphere's leading talent including Jerome Armstrong, Matthew Yglesias, and Ezra Klein. After the election in 2004, the blog refocused onto the theme of "purple politics", formally changing its name to Nation-Building in June 2006. The primary focus of the blog is on articulating purple-state policy at home and pragmatic liberal interventionism abroad.