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Monday, July 07, 2003


motivating the "crazy base"

posted by Aziz P. at Monday, July 07, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
my fellow citizens of Dean Nation, we are $37% of the way to our goal of raising $10,000 for Dean! As of 6:15 AM this morning we have raised $3,662.23!

Remember - we are Dean's supporters - but Dean is ours, too. By donating through Dean Nation, we are demonstrating the true nature of how our government should be - of the people, by the people, for the people. The result will be a President among us, not amongst the beltway elites and the K-street lobbyists. Just remember what we are up against! No one thinks we can do it. Certainly not Al From, the leader of the Democrats Losing Consistently elites:

"This isn't a personal fight against Howard Dean. It's about taking a party that went badly astray in the 1970s and 1980s and putting it back on course," said Al From, the leader of the moderate Democratic Leadership Council. "Anger can get people excited to write $20 and $25 checks on the Internet, but it is probably not enough to beat a president that 65 percent of the people like."

"The prize is the White House," he said, "not winning the nomination."

Apparently the way to beat a President with a "65 percent" approval rating is to pretend you're him, and hope the voters get confused. Apparently the way to win the White House is to lose the nomination. If we - Dean Nation - are the angry voters writing checks, let's show Al that we're the ones to appeal to, not marginalize.

What do the other campaigns think?

"He has motivated our crazy base," said a senior aide to another Democratic campaign. "But I don't think we need to be any more scared of him than the Republicans were scared of John McCain."

Are we the crazy base? well, maybe. Wouldn't it be just crazy if we donated ten bucks now to Howard Dean?

Let Howard Dean be Howard Dean:

"The very things that everyone else is saying make me unelectable I think are what make me electable," Dean said. "The reason the other folks are going to have a hard time beating this president is because they are so afraid to lose. The only way to beat this president is to stand up for what you believe in and be proud of it."

So stand up and be proud of what you believe in - not what Al From or "senior aides" to other candidates want you to believe. Let's show them what an opposition looks like!

Remember, we need to reach our goal by Tuesday evening, so time is short. Of course we have all already reached deep into our pockets to help Dean break all Q2 records on $7 Million Monday, but this is our chance to show the campaign that of all the netroots, it's Dean Nation that carries the flag.

I'd also like to make an appeal to other bloggers - please link to the Dean Nation Rally today and encourage your visitors to join us!


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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.