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Thursday, September 18, 2003


The Clark-Dean-Kerry Chess Game

posted by G at Thursday, September 18, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Here's how I see it playing it out. Everyone plays nice for a week or so. Clark tries to pull close to Dean's positions on just about everything while presenting himself as more electable. However, rather than draw down Dean's support, Clark draws from Kerry's numbers, and Kerry decides he needs to take out Clark to have any chance of staying in. Kerry's campaign starts to feed the media stories from Clark's many critics in the Pentagon and takes some direct shots at Clark, questioning how such a controversial general could be fit to be commander in chief. Clark responds in kind, and the battle sinks both Clark and Kerry. Dean stands above the fray.


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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.