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Saturday, August 16, 2003


"This thing rocks"

posted by annatopia at Saturday, August 16, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Last week's Philly Weekly story prompted a flood of letters to the publication, and they've finally been posted. Other than a very disgruntled Clark supporter, the letters were positive and reflected many of the reasons why we support Howard Dean for President. Several Dean Nationals got letters published, and we were also able to work in a plug for the DDF. Here are some excerpts. Click on the link above to read them all.
Valania's Q&A with Dean was more enlightening, showing Dean to be a candidate who indeed has a "pair," as well as his own mind. I especially appreciated Dean's observations on President Bush's narrow vision of what America is or should be. -- STEVE JOHNSON, Hammonton, N.J.
I tuned into Rush Limbaugh (the Big Fat Idiot) for a few minutes today, and he's ready to give himself a heart attack over Dean. That's definitely a good thing. -- JOE WEHR, Lafeyette Hill, Pa.
I have decided to support Dr. Dean in the primary, and even though I don't consider him the perfect progressive candidate (alas, he does not support a Canadian-style National Health Plan), he comes pretty damn close. -- NAN GILBERT, Lansdowne, Pa.
I agree that by next November Gov. Dean will "be beaten and bloodied" and will be full of arrows. But those arrows won't be in his back. He may wound himself occasionally with an off-the-cuff remark, but he won't turn and run from Bush/Rove's attacks. -- DICK STATER, Lisbon, Iowa
Only Howard has the energy, the courage and the credentials to take on Bush Inc. and win. Why? Because hundreds of thousands of Americans like myself are mobilizing and acting in ways that will truly stun Karl Rove, along with the rest of the country, in short order. -- ANDRE DE SAINT PHALLE, Johnson, Vt.
Our feeling is that it has been so long since a leader has come through--someone who wants the presidency and can do the job. Most folks don't recognize a real candidate. Dean is the real deal. Go, Howard, go! -- JAY ROSEN AND FAMILY, Clackamas, Ore.
Howard Dean knows that you don't beat Bush by kissing up to him. No. You smack him, hard, harder and hardest. You don't stop, ever. -- TAMARA BAKER, St. Paul, Minn.
If it wasn't for Dr. Dean, I think I would be in a deep depression. No, correct that. I would be in a deep depression. With Howard Dean there is hope once again for this country. -- JUDY SUPLEE, Tallahassee, Fla.
There is a general misperception that Dean's surge in the race for the nomination is purely a result of his effective use of the Internet. Dean has caught fire because he struck a nerve in the electorate with his smart, gritty style that gives a sense of empowerment to independents and the Democratic base, not just because he has an army of young computer sharpies on his team. This thing rocks. -- PETER JUNG, Hudson, N.Y.


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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.