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Friday, November 21, 2003


The Bat Is Back

posted by Dana at Friday, November 21, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
The Bush attack ads have started, and Joe Trippi has responded in the best way we know how, with McBat.

McBat is aimed at raising $360,000 to knock Bush' silly "soft on terrorism" charge out of the park.

Feed the goal. The goal is beating Bush, not Gephardt.

As usual, Joe knows how to pitch. Do we still remember how to hit?

SWING...batter batter batter!

UPDATE (Aziz) - updated the sidebar... Matthew Yglesias takes on the new ads over at TAPPED:

In the context of a presidential campaign ad, it seems reasonable to assume that "some" refers to the people challenging Bush for control of the White House. But the Republicans can't very well come out and say that because the fact is that, of the Democratic contenders, precisely none is "attacking the president for attacking the terrorists," just as none is calling "for us to retreat." If the president wants to run on his foreign policy differences with the Democrats, then that's a perfectly legitimate campaign issue, but instead he's decided to run against a strawman. Naturally enough, the article doesn't bother discussing the ad's accuracy.

Perhaps even more disturbing, however, is the implication from RNC communications director Jim Dyke that the failures of the Bush Iraq policy should be blamed not on those who proposed and implemented the policy, but rather on those who opposed it, a tactic reminiscent of John Ashcroft's "aid and comfort to the terrorists" remark regarding opponents of the PATRIOT Act. This combination of scapegoats and strawmen makes it essentially impossible to have a rational debate about anything, and truly gives the lie to the alleged conservative enthusiasm for civility.


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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.