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Saturday, May 10, 2003

 

profile on Joe http://www.sevendaysvt.com/-thisweek/col/track.html

posted by Aziz P. at Saturday, May 10, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Joe Trippi is one of us. He reads the DeanBlog, he posts comments, he rocks to the Dean Techno Mix. I think it's about time that someone gave him the spotlight!

There on the fourth floor, with a view of the brick facade across the street, Trippi spends mornings, afternoons and evenings chugging Diet Pepsi with a telephone stuck in his ear. He’s currently filling the role of chief spokesman for the campaign, too. The phone never stops ringing, as reporters far and wide line up to cover the new kid on the block in the 2004 presidential race.

“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist,” said Trippi, to recognize the benefit that Saturday’s national exposure brought to Howard Dean. In fact, said the Trippster, every time Ho-Ho appears on national TV he gets a big bump in popularity. And the bump appears online as the curious sign up by the thousands for Dean “meetups” all around the country. Check out: http://dean2004.meetup.com.

No candidate has ever tapped the Internet the way Howard Dean has. It’s one of the skills that Trippi, a Silicon Valley brat with a technology background, brings to the doctor’s table.


Joe' ease with technology really shines here on the DeanBlog, and I know I speak for everyone when I say that his participation and hard work are a major factor in Dean's netroots success.

But good grief, Diet Pepsi? :)


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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.