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Monday, June 16, 2003


taking one for the team

posted by Aziz P. at Monday, June 16, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Joe Trippi sacrificed himself upon the Altar of Dean. not exactly blood sacrifice, but rather the water-balloon variety - and raised $107 in the process (at $1 a throw, he takes birthday masochism to a whole new level!):

Trippi's birthday was Tuesday, but he was traveling, so we didn't get the chance to show him the true depth of our devotion to our fearless leader until today. After two days in California, two long flights, a day in New Hampshire and a long drive, he came back to the office to find that we'd planned a special birthday party for him. Boy was he surprised.

We charged $1 per throw at the dunking booth. We raised $107, and it was a great chance to demonstrate the, er, power of our feelings for him.

If Joe is willing to risk pneumonia - we can surely risk a reduced caffeine intake. Pool your coffee money, or forgo your daily scone, and donate to the campaign before the fundraising deadline (June 30th).

By the way, the campaign has listened to our complaints and added a "specify your own amount" box to the donation page. So donate whatever amount you can - because June Is Critical!


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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.