Thursday, May 15, 2003
Be Careful, Be Smart
It is important to realize that after the fight with Kerry, Dean's greatest weakness (in the eyes of other campaigns/groups) is that he can be drawn away from his message and into battle. And they know, as do we, that when Dean, or any candidate, is focusing his fire on Democrats, he looks smaller, weaker, and less attractive to the general populace. He ceases being a potential president and becomes just another politician. Just keep that in mind as the hits come in, they are only coming because Dean is a danger to more established candidates, and they will only have power if we give it to them.
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Obama 2008 - I want my country back
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.