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Monday, February 16, 2004


featured comment: Graff4Dean2004

posted by Aziz P. at Monday, February 16, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
I've though about this long and hard. You know what? They've been against us the whole time.

They made fun of us when Dean was an asterisk. They laughed at us as Dean began to define the terms of the debate. They told us that Dean was unelectable when we trounced everyone else in the polls. They attacked us when we refused to bow down. They mocked us when we didn't score as well as we had hoped. Now, they tell us to give up? Why?

Why should we give up on something that we have poured so much of our energy, lives, and love into? Why should we listen to the pundits and the kerry folks, who have been proven wrong time and time again throughout this campaign?

This campaign has changed my life. It has given me hope again. It has inspired me to consider a run for office myself, when I've moved beyond UCSB. All of you have made me feel like I could actually have the power to influence our nation's future, whether your names have been Dana, Aziz, Anna, or whoever (sorry to leave folks out).

I'm not giving up on Dean. On March 2nd, I'm going to vote for Dean in the CA primary, and I'm going to enjoy it. If he doesn't win, he doesn't win. Call me a lunatic, but I'd like to think that he can.

I've had it with defeatism. Damnit, we've worked too hard for this, and with God as my witness, I will not give up until the last vote is cast. I hope that others will do the same.



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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.