Nation-Building >> video: The Iowa Caucus speech - a reason for PRIDE | return to front page

"America has two great dominant strands of political thought - conservatism, which, at its very best, draws lines that should not be crossed; and progressivism, which, at its very best, breaks down barriers that should never have been erected." -- Bill Clinton, Dedication of the Clinton Presidential Library, November 2004

Add to Google Reader or Homepage Subscribe in Bloglines Subscribe in NewsGator Online Add to netvibes

website stats

Previous Posts
Netflix, Inc.
ThinkGeek T-Shirts will make you cool!
illy coffee - 2 cans, 2 mugs for just $26.

Thursday, January 22, 2004


video: The Iowa Caucus speech - a reason for PRIDE rtsp://

posted by Aziz P. at Thursday, January 22, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
Remember something. For a month now the media has been full-bore against Dean, willingly receptive to smear stories fed to it by the RNC. But we were able to stand astride that onslaught, because we believed in what Dean actually said, as opposed to what was reported. We believed in what Dean actually stood for, as opposed to what was inferred by the pundits. We believed in Dean's actual record, as opposed to the hyperbolic spin from enemies across the political spectrum.

One loss in Iowa doesn't change any of that. What it did so was perhaps shake our confidence a bit, as it should. But in that moment of weakness, we probably let the media's continued onslaught penetrate past our defenses. But we have to remember, that the media coverage is as blatantly opposed to Dean as it ever was, and the rush to judgement about Dean's post-Iowa caucus rally speech has been the crown jewel of their efforts.

So watch the thing yourself. Dean starts to speak at 6 minutes in. And be armed with the truth again.

 Howard Dean Reaction to Iowa Caucus Results

Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean reacts to the results of the Iowa caucuses.
1/19/2004: DES MOINES, IA: 20 min.

That's a video that the official blog should be putting front and center, instead of trying to wish it away. There should be PRIDE about this video, especially in light of Joe Trippi's own words:

I’ve been around campaigns for a long time. On most campaigns, if you come in third in Iowa with 18% and you go to the after party, you’re lucky to find 4 people there. Most every one by the time it’s over has left to find another party and another campaign.

But on Monday night Howard Dean walked in to the ballroom in Des Moines and there were 3500 people there. And the energy was higher than most victory parties I’ve been to.

The Governor looked out at the room and saw 3500 people who had come from all across the country because they believed in changing their country and he wanted them to know how proud he was of them and their efforts. And he wanted them to know that we’re going on no matter what.

He wasn’t thinking about the cameras. It was the people right in front of him who had done so much because they believe in a better America that he was speaking to.

It's all about US, remember. And that's the energy we have to carry through into New Hampshire.


Post a Comment


View blog top tags
The Assault on Reason

Obama 2008 - I want my country back

I want my country back - Obama 2008

About Nation-Building

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.