Friday, August 15, 2003
Maple-Powered Howard! http://dean2004.blogspot.com/2003_04_27_dean2004_archive.html#200238206
Remember way back in May when Aziz asked everyone at Dean Nation to help create some Ben & Jerry's flavors for Howard Dean? Well, the one that was used, Maple-Powered Howard, was suggested by Dean National Joan Bellis! The press described it this way:
Last week, Dean's campaign touted a new ice cream sundae that Ben & Jerry's planned to sell in their Vermont stores in honor of Dean. "Maple Powered Howard" is a combination of vanilla ice cream, maple-flavored whipped cream, maple syrup and walnuts.
But let's not stop there, as it wasn't long at all before Maple-Powered Howard morphed into People-Powered Howard. (Sorry, don't know who came up with that one -- maybe Trippi?) The, rest of course, is history, and it all started right here at Dean Nation. Thanks, Joan!
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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.