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Friday, July 04, 2003


Dean on ESPN

posted by Aziz P. at Friday, July 04, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
We know Dean's hit the big time when he gets off-hand mention on ESPN. But what's especially great about it is the context:

How appropriate: a Fourth of July voting controversy. Japanese baseball fans took advantage of online MLB All-Star voting to surge Ichiro and Hideki Matsui to likely starting spots, when the teams are announced on Sunday (7 p.m., ESPN).

Don't be an "international-hater": Plenty of U.S. fans propped up undeserving domestic stars or hometown players when the All-Star Game was decided on paper ballots available only in the U.S.

The point is that letting fans have a real say -- about anything -- is one of the best sports traditions, a reflection of uniquely American democracy. Technology has just made it easier for everyone to take part (just ask Howard Dean, the Ichiro of the Democratic Party).

Don't like Japanese fans running the show? It's the same as when you don't like the politician running your town: Exercise your opportunity to vote, and get others to vote, too. That's the American way.

that's right - the Ichiro of the Democratic Party is all about letting the "fans" have a real say. The Daily Quickie gets it! Wish we could say the same for the DLC...


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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.