Friday, December 27, 2002
UK's Times Online posts an in-depth article about Dean which has been included in the Guardian's 2002 "Best of journalism around the web" http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,7-516722,00.html
"Now that Al Gore has finally decided to let sleeping chads lie and announced his surprise decision not to seek a presidential rematch against George Bush in 2004, the field for Democratic contenders has been left wide open. Who will get the party nomination? Gore’s 2000 running mate and political heavyweight Senator Joseph Lieberman? The veteran Massachusetts senator, multi-millionaire and decorated Vietnam War veteran John Kerry? Or an obscure governor from a tiny state with little campaign money and a virtual political unknown? You may scoff, but anonymous Democrat governors have tended to do rather well at emerging from nowhere to win the party nomination before unseating an incumbent president. Look no further than Jimmy Carter in 1976 and Bill Clinton in 1992"
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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.