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Monday, December 01, 2003


YOU are Howard Dean's Political Consultants! A Report From the Road in New Hampshire

posted by Heath at Monday, December 01, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
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DeanTV had another whirlwind tour on the road with the Governor yesterday in New Hampshire. It started at the Merrimack High School cafeteria town hall meeting where a man doggedly asked Dean what we can do about a moral crisis in a country that doesn't seem to pause even to consider the civilian casualties caused in the vacuum of our government's freedom fighting escapades.

Then I made the mistake of trying to find the Alpine Club in Manchester on my own. What a blunder when you have Dean's trusty driver, Chad, paving the way in the big green van. The overflowing crowd at the club, combined with the hot TV lights, made the place into a virtual Dean oven.

After discovering I lost a magnet from the side of my "fairly balanced news" action vehicle, a paparazzi-type photographer rammed my rear brake light out in a desperate attempt to keep up with Chad. Heck, all he had to do was ask Chad to look for him. All the man could say was "you f***ing ***hole!" Watch for that action in's People-Powered Howard Documentary!

When I got to Polly and Terry Shumaker's beautiful House Party for Dean in Bow, NH it was packed with well wishers, voters on the fence--and some pretty mean spicy bean dip. Dean Senior Advisor Michael King was coughing up flames before heading out the door for our interview.

Later, at the Wolfeboro Inn town hall meeting, I had to wonder if the event was held downstairs in a bunker-like room because some locals didn't take too kindly to their turf being politicized by "hippies" like Dean. wolfeboro_inn.JPG

"This is where we watch football, not any of your political--whatever the hell it is that you're doing," snarled Diana as her beer mug overflowed onto the floor of a sports bar that was just above the covert Dean activity taking place downstairs. Diana looked at my neck-tie and my video camera. She took a deep puff from her smoke and bent over. "Here, get a shot of this," she hissed as the smoke flowed from her mouth.

Shortly thereafter, the event in Laconia proved how hugely successful Dean is with these independent thinking people. A big high school gym and enthusiastic people made for a real pep-rally effect. The organizers really out did themselves. laconia4.JPG
Despite the long day, as usual, Dean was just getting started. With Old Glory hanging behind him, Dean continued to convince others that he is the most electable candidate and the leader who will help us beat Bush back.

I have much to share with you but thought this following shaky-camera-work quote from Dean in his closing remarks was more urgent. As Aziz writes below, the money reality and how we can help with that is imperative for obvious competitive reasons. But even your comments and criticisms are part of the job too. YOU ARE Dean For America's political consultants and focus groups as well.

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When Dean himself makes that idea part of his speech, in a crowd where 90% of the people probably had no idea what blogging is, you know he appreciates what you are doing.

This post comes from; where the blog is up to date, the site should be soon and the DeanTV Network correspondents keep going where the mass media will not.


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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.