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Thursday, January 22, 2004


open thread: what we want at tonight's debate

posted by Aziz P. at Thursday, January 22, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
The debate tonight is where Dean will win, or lose, New Hampshire. It's a fair assessment to say that the campaign went off-message in Iowa - instead of issues, leadership, and optimism, it was about crappy ads, aggressive volunteers, inexperienced caucusgoers, and negative campaigning.

What Dean needs to do tonight is present his State of the Campaign - to take personal charge, to show to all the soft-support out there (which in New Hampsire, has switched to Kerry) that there is more to Dean than the Yeeeeagh! which is so easily caricatured.

The campaign publicly says it intends to change, but I don't think making Dean into a boring wonk is the right answer. What do YOU want? Its clear that the campaign needs to listen to us more - but first we need to actually say what we think.


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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.