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Sunday, September 14, 2003


True Story

posted by G at Sunday, September 14, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
So I'm in a cab yesterday and I notice the driver is reading an article printed from the Web about Bush and Iraq. I ask him if he's heard of Howard Dean. He replies,
Howard Dean? He's my MAN! Do you think he can beat Bush? I *know* he can beat Bush! I came to this country from Sierra Leone, and I've never given money to any politician. I'm sending him some money because Howard Dean is my MAN! I don't have a checking account or a credit card, so I'm getting a money order to send him some cash. I'm a legal resident, not a citizen. I know legal residents can send him money. Do you know if I can volunteer for him even though I'm not a citizen? I think I can do everything except vote. I'm telling all my friends who *are* citizens to vote for Dean and send him money. He's going to be the next president and he needs our help.
I ask him if he knows that he needs to fill out a campaign finance form in order for his funds to be matched, and he pulls out the form that he's downloaded and printed out from the web.


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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.