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Tuesday, June 17, 2003


Trippi on Fox

posted by G at Tuesday, June 17, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Joe was just interviewed on Fox. He was great, and you could tell from the bags under his eyes that he's running just on Diet Pepsi these days! He plugged Meetup and did a spectacular job faced with some mildly hostile questioning. The anchor tried to characterize Dean as a far-out liberal, and Joe deftly said that Dean is someone who can't be easily defined in terms of worn-out left/right labels. He turned around a question about Dean's stance on the war to say that Bush's pre-emptive war doctrine is contrary to the bipartisan policies of the last fifty years. The footage that aired while he was speaking included lots of shots of the website, plus very good shots of Dean. Well done! I'll post a transcript if and when it becomes available.


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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.