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Sunday, August 17, 2003



posted by Trammell at Sunday, August 17, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
This story relates little that Dean Nationals haven't heard Dean say before, but the thing that srtruck me was the headline:
Bush challenger Dean makes his case to local Democrats

Taking aim at President Bush, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean yesterday declared himself a centrist who cares about traditional Democratic values.

"We need to stand up to the president and be proud of being Democrats," he told a gathering of about 200 at a fund-raiser in Cleveland Heights yesterday. "The way to beat George Bush is not to be like him, it's to give the 50 percent of Americans the reason to vote again," he said to the group braving a light rain as they stood in the back yard of lawyers Joel and Mary Jane Levin.
Let's hope these sorts of headlines continue. A few months ago he was a Democratic Contender or he was a Dark Horse but now Dean is a Bush Challenger! Guess we're doing something right. Anyone for Dragon Slayer?


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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.