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Tuesday, August 19, 2003

 

Why I'm Going http://www.notgeniuses.com/archives/000769.html

posted by Joe at Tuesday, August 19, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Yet another of your Dean Nation bloggers is heading to Burlington, this time all the way from Stockholm, Sweden. Dean Nation has been a big part of my experience with the campaign so far, so I thought I should share the story with you.

What possesses someone to drop everything and move 3,700 miles to work for free for Howard Dean? You can read about it here.

This campaign has changed a lot of lives, and mine can now be included on that list. Many thanks to all the Dean Nation contributors and readers -- together we have built something special. I'll be posting again when I get to Burlington.


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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.