Thursday, January 08, 2004
audio: The Buzz for Dr. Dean http://www.theconnection.org/shows/2003/07/20030717_a_main.asp
The Buzz for Dr. Dean
Sell the sizzle, not the steak. It's an old advertising maxim that applies whether you're selling T-bones or political candidates. In a field of nine Democrats, that most Americans still can't name, people in Iowa have a definite advantage. With the Iowa caucuses, the first official contest for the Democratic presidential contenders, just six months away, voters get the chance to have coffee and more coffee with the candidates.
Right now, the word from the cornfields is that former Vermont Governor Howard Dean is the man to beat. He's against the war with Iraq. For gay civil unions. He's raising money and expectations and restarting an old debate over whether Democrats with progressive views can win elections.
I haven't listened to it yet - what did you think of it?
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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.