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Saturday, March 08, 2003


Dean owns New Hampshire

posted by Aziz P. at Saturday, March 08, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Time to go out on a limb, I predict that Dean is going to sweep New Hampshire. Read this great article from SevenDaysVT (sent by reader Amanda Tempel) for a really eye-opening glimpse into teh energy that surrounds Dean as he goes on teh trail (and in comparison to the other candidates, especially anemic Lieberman):

“You know why it is that only 18 percent of kids between the age of 18 and 25 vote? Because we don’t give them anything to vote for,” Dean tells the audience. “You know why less than 50 percent of all adults in America vote? It’s because they can’t tell the difference between the parties. If we don’t stand up for what we believe in, why should any American be drawn to the Democratic Party?”
When it came to attacking inside-the-Beltway politics, Dean pulled no punches, which only reinforced his persona as the Washington outsider. “Here’s what’s the matter with our party,” he intoned. “The president wants to give his campaign contributors $670 billion in additional tax cuts, and instead of asking, ‘Can we afford this when we have the biggest deficit in the history of the country?’ our folks say, ‘No, it should only be $136 billion.’ We’ve already lost the argument.”

Then he pulled out a great image on universal health insurance. “I want white guys who drive pickup trucks with Confederate flag decals in the back to vote Democratic because they have no health insurance, either,” he told the room

There's a lot more to this article than this though - check it out...


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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.