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Thursday, October 09, 2003


Smells like Dean spirit

posted by Aziz P. at Thursday, October 09, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
I just loved the title of this student piece from the University of Virginia :) But there's solid meat to this Generation Dean leader's prose:

Schilling has it right when he asserts that "Howard Dean is no George W. Bush" when it comes to former governors. Indeed, Howard Dean would never pursue the reckless fiscal policies of the Bush administration that have led to the loss of 22 million American jobs. Howard Dean would never send American troops into harm's way without telling us the truth as justification. And Howard Dean would never stand by anti-gay Sen. Rick Santorum or inappropriately use the word "quota" on national television to divide us by sexual orientation or race. I'm proud to support a man who has had the vision to make healthcare accessible to every resident of his state, the courage to fight for the law that allowed the middle-aged Dean staffer I interned under this summer to finally get a civil union, and the power to inspire 200,000 supporters to contribute an average of $80 to counter Bush's $2,000-a-plate special interest fundraisers.

The Dean campaign is thriving not only because of its candidate but because of the nature of its support. At 141 official members, Hoos for Howard Dean has already become the largest Generation Dean chapter in the nation and one of the larger CIOs on Grounds. No less significant, however, many on our roster are almost completely new to politics. In the coming months, we'll only see more growth as more people join the fight to take their country back in 2004. It's only October, but in Charlottesville, it already smells like Dean spirit.


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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.