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Sunday, August 24, 2003


O-Blog on Caffeine

posted by Trammell at Sunday, August 24, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Keep the coffee pots on and your eyes wide open for all the action at Blog for America as the Sleepless Summer Tour is now in full swing! After an amazing kick-off rally with 4,500 in Falls Church, Virginia the campaign has just arrived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to a crowd of 800! According to O-blog reports, Dean said to the crowd: "I got off the plane, and I could not believe that on a night that the Green Bay Packers were playing, 800 people turned out for a rally." The crowd went wild!

UPDATE: 450 rally in Boise for Dean! Click here for all the O-blog posts from the Sleepless Summer Tour!

UPDATE: Dean National Victor Henzi just sent us a link to some great, up close and personal, photos of Howard Dean from the Milwaukee Rally! Thanks, Victor!

UPDATE: What a crowd! 5,000 (revised estimate from 4,000) rally in Portland for Dean! Dean just said on the Webcast: "Hi to everybody on the Web! Say Hi to Portland!" Kissing hands and shaking babies! Woohoo!

UPDATE:15,000 People in Seattle! 15,000! Can you believe that? And the bat just passed a cool 1/2 mil! Anna's first reports are on the O-blog now - check 'em out!

Our own Anna Private will be guest-blogging on the O-blog during the Texas and Seattle legs of the tour, and bringing us exclusives right here at Dean Nation! It's gonna be a fun few days -- and the bat keeps going up. Stay tuned!


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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.