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Monday, February 02, 2004


An Open Secret

posted by Dana at Monday, February 02, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
Why are we so certain Dean can survive poor results tomorrow and continue on?

Well, it's an open secret.

Specifically, it's, which collects financial reports from all the campaigns. Here's the key figure, cash on hand, as of Saturday, January 31 December 31:

Howard Dean $9,647,361
Wesley Clark $3,404,975
Dennis Kucinich $2,629,441
John Kerry $1,605,428
Joe Lieberman $612,161
John Edwards $275,212
Al Sharpton $7,535

Now, victory will help Kerry re-charge. But how will Edwards, or Lieberman, if they fail to do well tomorrow? How will Sharpton?

Need some more confidence. Talk to the bat. Over $500,000 has come in since Saturday, just on the bat.

In other words, someone is going down tomorrow, and it is not going to be us. And where does Clark go from Oklahoma? Where is his infrastructure in Tennessee and Virginia?

No, it's not going to be easy. But we can do it. Let people know we're competing, with a few well-produced TV ads, let them know what the competition is, and people will come. Already, over 630,000 have come. More come all the time.

We can do this thing. We just have to execute. Let our competitors go down, one-by-one. Make the case against Kerry, and win.


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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.