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Tuesday, June 03, 2003


THE one-liner to end all "Dean electability" discussions in Dean's favor.

posted by Adam F. at Tuesday, June 03, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
"The same people who are claiming Dean is too far left to be elected also claimed JOHN McCAIN was too liberal to be President."

If someone comes at you with a "McGovern" line, come back with the rubbish the far right threw at McCain in the 2000 Republican Primaries. Make it clear the people making these charges against Dean will claim ANYONE who is not a card-carrying member of the neo-conservative right will be called a left-wing extremist. Completely turn the discussion into an indictment of those making the false claim.


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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.