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Monday, December 08, 2003


I called it

posted by Aziz P. at Monday, December 08, 2003 permalink View blog reactions

Then Vice President Al Gore shakes hands with then Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (news - web sites) during a visit to a daycare center in Lebanon, N.H., on Jan. 19, 2000, where Dean announced he would be endorsing Gore's campaign. According to sources, Gore will endorse Dean's presidential bid this week. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

No, it isn't definite, but it certainly seems highly probable. Gore's landmark Move-On sponsored speeches pointed directly to Dean - and I predicted in August that we would have a Gore endorsement by the end of the year :)

But this story isn't just about Dean and Gore. As has been noted previously, there is a civil war brewing in the Democratic party, with the Clintons on one side, and the anti- (including some former) Clintonites on the other. Gore broke free of Clinton in 2000, and an endorsement would be a clear signal that it was no fluke.


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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.