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Monday, June 23, 2003


The Note on Howard Dean

posted by Editor at Monday, June 23, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
The note writes quite a bit on Howard Dean today, both in the area of his appearance on Meet the Press
Those two contrasts perfectly encapsulate the riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a question that is the essence of If Howard Dean had a "normal" candidacy, yesterday's shifting, evasive, base-alienating performance on "Meet the Press" would have devastated his prospects.

A review of his senior staff's reaction suggests they couldn't have cared less, however.

To say Tim Russert was significantly more prepared for the interview than Howard Dean would be to insult Tim.

As well as on his announcement today
Today, Howard Dean's announcement speech will be seen live by more supporters than any announcement in the history of presidential politics (we are pretty sure ?… ).

But I thought the most interesting item for most of the readers of this blog would be the fact that the note linked to this page and cited some of the quotes from the open thread written in response to the Meet the Press appearance. The important thing for everyone here to remember is that people read this blog! We have already heard about other campaigns checking us out and it certainly isn't debatablee that the media does as well. I know I'll always give some extra thought before I post something - and I hope you'll give extra thought when you comment as well!


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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.