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Monday, February 02, 2004


Dean must attend the Feb 4th Meetup in Ann Arbor

posted by Aziz P. at Monday, February 02, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
Roy Neel gets it partly right:

Thanks to many of you, our crowds over the past week have been phenomenal -- thousands in Michigan, South Carolina, Missouri, New Mexico, Arizona, Washington, Milwaukee, and Detroit. Tomorrow Gov. Dean will be in New Mexico and Arizona, back to Washington, Wisconsin, and Michigan. He is the quintessential Energizer bunny of presidential campaigning -- I'm amazed by his energy and durability!

I'm pleased to see that the campaign is making stops in Feb 7th states while the rest of the field focuses on the Feb 3rd lineup - but remember that Clark had weeks to himself in New Hampshire, yet still finished 4th (sans delegates).

A rally, even with thousands in attendance, is just a stump speech. A Meetup however is something far more tangible. Meetups, unlike rallies, are where we really convert hearts and minds to this cause, as opposed to rewarding those who have already signed on.

And Michigan is the prize - here are teh number of delegates at stake by state (via Ryan Lizza):

February 3 (269)
South Carolina (45)
Missouri (74)
North Dakota (14)
Arizona (55)
New Mexico (26)
Delaware (15)
Oklahoma (40)

February 7 (204)
Michigan (128)
Washington (76)

Focus, oh Wolverines! You must get Dean to the Ann Arbor Meetup on Feb 4th. If Dean does not show, I predict he will lose the state. It's up to us to make the case.


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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.