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Friday, March 28, 2003


Gary Hart starts blogging

posted by Aziz P. at Friday, March 28, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
We all know that Dean has been a true pioneer in making use of the netroot support. Dean's campaign has embraced Meetup, they have set up several internet sites (including the Call to Action Blog and the Dean Action site), and have benefited from the emerging network of supporter-driven sites like, regional groups like New York for Dean, and of course the Dean Blog itself, which paved the way.

But Gary Hart - who hasn't even announced his candidacy yet - has trumped all of this. Hart has begun blogging himself! True, Dean posted a message in the comments here on the DeanBlog, but Hart's new blog takes candidate participation on the web to the next level. Of course, it remains to be seen if Hart will actually continue posting, and what impact his schedule will have on his blogging regimen (if, indeed, he formally enters the race at all).

Still, we in Deanistan are not content to rest on our laurels - or let our candidate do the same (*grin*). There has always been a standing invite for Howard to contribute to this DeanBlog directly (Joe, Zephyr, just email me and I will handle all the technical aspects). So, make your voices heard, and leave a message exhorting Dean to follow Hart's example - and your suggestions on how to better it.

(and keep an eye on the HartBlog... so we know what he's up to :)


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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.