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Saturday, February 01, 2003


The WSJ's Washington Wire

posted by B at Saturday, February 01, 2003 permalink View blog reactions

... Kerry says his war vote won't muzzle him: He blasts Bush's "clumsy" and "inadequate diplomacy." With 2004 rivals Gephardt, Lieberman and Ewdards also war backers, students are "flocking" to former Vermont. Gov. Dean's side in Iowa and New Hampshire, says an unaffiliated party strategist.

Dean's been smart to leverage his strong anti-unilateral approach has into maximum press early on. Graham and Kucinich are both likely to join the field of contenders; and with Graham, who also stood against Bush on the vote of invading Iraq, about to enter the contest soon, and Kucinich becoming the Nader-like candidate, it's a window of oppurtunity that's so far been used to the max by Dean to build an early base of activist supporters.


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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.