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Thursday, November 13, 2003



posted by Heath at Thursday, November 13, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Back by popular demand! Please submit a comment on who you think should be recognized for their Backbone in the fight to preserve our experiment in democracy. Also, recognize who you think should be given the Jelly Roll award for their questionable leadership tactics in this discussion.

The Backbone sidebar will soon be updated with our last Award Winner: Senator Bob Byrd D-WV for his ageless commitment to preserving the ideals and rules of democracy that America was founded on.

He's still fighting as the debate about judges rages on in the Senate. Who's fighting? Who's dividing?

Let us know what you think! As was the case with Byrd, we will contact the Backbone winner's office to let them know about their award.


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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.