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Tuesday, March 04, 2003


Dean courts college crowd

posted by annatopia at Tuesday, March 04, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Dr. Dean made an appearance at Dartmouth recently, and by all accounts he put on a fine show. Dean for America organised the $50 per person event and admitted some members of Dartmouth's Young Democrats for free. Dean gave his usual stump speech and hammered home a few points that the media seems to be missing. Afterwards, Dean told The Dartmouth that several students were planning to form a group that could be one part of a national network of student backing.

I highly encourage any and all students to form on-campus groups to support Dean! Use the resources that are out there, such as, to organise local student groups. Gen-Y, you all are so tech-savvy; I know you can do it! Campus activity can really help a candidate, especially during these early stages. A good chunk of Bill Clinton's primary success in 1992 was owed to all the Gen-Xers who supported him. Your participation in this next election is VITAL! You are a huge voting bloc with the ability to influence all the candidates. The power is in your hands.

If any of you would like advice on how to organise a student group, feel free to contact Dean for America. They can supply you with materials which will detail how the primaries work and help you get organised. I'll also offer any advice I can, as will we all, so feel free to leave a comment if you need some advice on starting a student group for Dean 2004!


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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.