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Saturday, August 09, 2003


Sullivan taking time off to ponder

posted by Aziz P. at Saturday, August 09, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Andrew Sullivan is taking an August break from blogging to ponder a "major-life decision." Charles Murtagh speculates that the gay Catholic Republican will return as a Episcopalian Democrat. And Sullivan still seems fascinated by Dean, but still has a mistaken notion that Dean is soft on national defense:

DEAN AND DA LOSER? Okay, it's not such a great pun. I should be a good candidate for supporting Howard Dean: he's fiscally conservative (unlike the president); he believes in gay equality (unlike the president). But, of course, he loses me on national security issues. His frustrating promise is explored opposite. These days, what's an eagle to do?

Remember, part of what it will take to win is to blunt the message of the Mighty Wurlitzer. Sullivan is a powerful writer, and has spent enough time supporting Bush that he won't be easily dismissed as an America-hating liberal. With him in support of Dean, the campaign gains a formidable ally in the Pundit Sphere.

It's a rare opportunity for us to try and convince Sullivan that his understanding of Dean's position on war is mistaken. Doing so might remove any remaining obstacles to his endorsement - and with his taking time off to ponder his political and religious affiliations anyway, this may be the critical window where he is most receptive.

I urge my fellow citizens of Dean Nation to write to him at and (politely) remind him of Dean's true positions on the war and national defense.


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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.