Thursday, July 17, 2003
For a candidate hoping to make an end run around the political establishment, nothing could be more perfect. Dean has had a blog on his campaign Web site for some time, but he received a big boost this week when he was invited to sit in to pen the Web log of vacationing Stanford University law professor Lawrence Lessig, one of the nation's premier thinkers on cyberspace law, copyright and the power of the "creative commons" that the Internet can facilitate.
President Dean's Cyber-side Chats: Coming in 2005 to a CPU Near YOU.
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Obama 2008 - I want my country back
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.