Saturday, May 17, 2003
Letter to the Editor http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/05/17/ED30095.DTL
Editor -- I am outraged that two leaders of the Democratic Leadership Council have moved to quash Howard Dean's candidacy and called him an "elitist liberal" ("Democrats squabble despite Clinton warning," May 15).
Their memo distorts Dean's admirable record as a largely centrist governor in Vermont. The memo is particularly ridiculous in light of the fact that it was produced the very day that President Bill Clinton lauded Dean as a centrist New Democrat!
This move to dictate the choice from above is insulting, especially to those like myself who believe that Dean is the only candidate with a chance to defeat Bush.
Dean's "elitist" campaign has ridden a wave of genuine grassroots support, with nearly 25,000 supporters, including many in the Bay Area, organizing themselves via the Internet for monthly Meetup.com gatherings.
GABRIEL DEMOMBYNES, Oakland
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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.