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Wednesday, February 04, 2004


Just Win, Baby

posted by Dana at Wednesday, February 04, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
All right. Edwards and Clark have done the business.

In both states where Kerry was seriously challenged, he lost. He's vulnerable.

That is not the way my local paper is playing it, of course. Kerry won 5, we won zero.

Roy Neel told us to expect that. But now that Edwards and Clark have shown they are serious contenders we must do the same. Before this can become a two-man race, it must become a four-man race.

The longer Dean goes without a win, the bigger the monkey on our back becomes. Maybe he's just an acquired taste, like tequilla or truffles. That's how we're being thought of right now.

The only cure for that is a win, starting in Washington or Maine. (Michigan would be nice, and perhaps Kerry's new vulnerability makes that possible.) We have chosen the ground. Clark and Edwards will be pulling for us, because if no one can beat Kerry outside the South neither of them really stands a chance.

The theory Neel is operating on is that, the more Democratic the state, the better our chances. That theory will now be put to the test.

It's up to us. The pressure's on.

Just win, baby.


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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.