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Saturday, July 05, 2003


THANK YOU -- It Started Here as Much as Anywhere Else htp://

posted by Joe at Saturday, July 05, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
We just wanted to post a big Thank You to those who started this blog, those that were among its earliest visitors and commentors -- and to all those who visit here now and make the Dean campaign stronger everyday.

While the press and other campaigns try to figure out what has happened and what it all means -- we at Burlington HQ know that it was this blog and a few others that have from the very beginning sustained the campaign -- taught us so much -- and helped us grow to the 180,000 strong that we are today.

Thanks Dean Nation Team -- and we will be watching with everyone else on Tuesday as you hit $10,000.

Joe Trippi
campaign manager
Dean for America


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About Nation-Building

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.