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Thursday, September 11, 2003


a house divided

posted by Aziz P. at Thursday, September 11, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
It was encouraging to see DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe instruct the DLC to cease their attacks upon Dean. Speaking on Meet the Press, McAuliffe said he would support a Dean candidacy, so it's clear that the idea of Dean being the nominee has become accepted fact. But on the other hand, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has attacked Dean, joining a smear campaign by House Democrats against Dean for the Israel issue.

If the Democrats can't show unity, then they are dead. Dean needs the party infrastructure to win - we have a great grassroots effort, but we can't do it alone. There is a common threat, not just to Democrats, but even to Libertarians and true fiscal conservatives - and it is clear that there's only one candidate who can marshall the requisite Coalition of the Voting. But if a Democrat, especially in a position of leadership such as Pelosi, can't find something nice to say about the man who might well be the nominee, then they shouldn't say anything at all.


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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.