Monday, June 09, 2003
featured comment: Jumbo http://www.haloscan.com/comments.php?user=azizhp&comment=200400058#6286
The buzz is building, but its a nice steady build. This isn't a bubble waiting to burst, it's the tide rising. The beauty of this race is that we're in a field of 9 with no annointed front-runner. This is similar to the Republican primary in 2000. And the Democrats in 1992. In such a situation unlikely candidates can rise to the top. Dean has already risen to the top-tier. Gephardt and Kerry are the closest thing to incumbents and their Senate votes have already handcuffed their rhetoric. Besides, being a part of the current Democratic side of Congress is nothing to be proud of; if not an out and out liability. Dean has experience in the executive branch, a proven track-record of accomplishment, and an unmatched ability to clearly and effectively communicate his vision to the people. Unlike some of his rivals, Dean is greater than the sum of his positions on the issues. He's a doctor and a scientist who believes in facts, evidence, and logic. He is consistant, practical and straight forward both in his speeches and in his general view of the world and America's place in it. Strong showings in Iowa and New Hampshire are very important. People like to vote for winners and sucess in primaries often builds on itself. However, its in places like California and New York that Dean is really generating a strong and comitted following. The high-delegate states are the real key to victory in the primaries. All in all I think we're doing just fine. I think we've seen the worst of the Dean backlash already (see Tucker Carlson's lame attempt to prove some kind of point out of a slip of the tongue) and unless there are a long list of disgruntled nurses who Dean fondled back in the 80's (oh God, please no bimbos this time) Howard looks fairly untouchable and his popularity will only go up as more and more people learn about him.
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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.