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Wednesday, June 25, 2003


Letterman Top 10 list about Dean

posted by Aziz P. at Wednesday, June 25, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
David Letterman takes aim at the Dean Meme:

Top Ten Signs You're In Love With Democratic Presidential Candidate Howard Dean

10. You've actually heard of him

9. Whenever he discusses plans to revitalize economy, you get goosebumps

8. Named your cats "Howard," "Dean" and "Six-Term Governor Howard Dean"

7. You'll only watch movies featuring Ron Howard or Harry Dean Stanton

6. When you hear a report on the radio about a highway accident, you murmur, "Please, god, don't let Howard Dean be involved"

5. Constantly complain rival candidate Dennis Kucinich isn't "Howardly" enough

4. Changed outfit four times before watching appearance on "Meet the Press"

3. You stand by him despite the fact his infidelities embarrassed you in front of the entire...oh wait, wrong Democrat

2. When he announced his candidacy, you didn't laugh your ass off

1. You're actually considering wasting a vote on him

Well, I run a Dean-devoted blog, but I plan on swapping my vote for him in texas with a Libertarian in a swing state, so what does that make me? a mild crush or a dangerous fixation?

I think a better topic for a Top Ten list would be, "Top Ten ways David Letterman is an unwitting tool of the Mighty Wurlitzer"


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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.