Saturday, December 20, 2003
BACKBONE AWARD: THE TROOPS; JELLYFISH IN A JELLYROLL: THOSE BEHIND THE AD
By a clear majority, the Backbone Award goes to the troops for the incredible job they are doing in Iraq under never-before-tested circumstances. Just this week, 200 of Vermont's bravest were shipped out to join the fight for Democracy. We at Dean Nation will say a prayer and wish during these holidays for their safe return.
(Tom Kean, R-NJ gets a special tiki gift in his stocking for having the guts to speak the truth in the hope that 911 will remain a catastrophic lapse in intelligence sharing and cooperation).
Hands down, you voted for a special Jellyfish in a Jellyroll award for "Americans for Jobs, Health Care and Progressive Values."
We asked you if this was a time to directly hold other candidates accountable for such attacks by opening up the voting to the competition.
As a testament to why we will win this election--no one at Dean nation pounced at the chance to take our Democratic "leaders" down for winking at blatant, despicable fear-mongering politics (the Bin Laden pic tied with Dean).
SCforDean put it best: "Democrats don't need to attack other Democrats. Reptilicans do enough of that. Let's take the high road in these awards, ok?"
You did take the highroad SC, and you won. We'll still leave the awards open to all discussion, however, in the pursuit of democracy and the great American political experiment.
UPDATE (Aziz): Dean Nation leads the way, and TIME Magazine follows! Person of the Year for 2003: The American Soldier.
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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.