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Wednesday, February 18, 2004


open thread: Dean Nation

posted by Aziz P. at Wednesday, February 18, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
I've rec'd a number of emails asking about the future of Dean Nation, and I wanted to share my thoughts with all of you. First of all, this is OUR community, not mine. I am eternally grateful to have such talented and diverse co-bloggers here and I hope they continue to use this site as a platform for their own ideas opinions. I intend to continue to blog about Dean here as well, because frankly he's still our man and while winning is good, succeeding is more important.

The thing that unifies all of us until the convention will be our continued resolve to VOTE DEAN. I intend to tell my children, when they ask about what it was like to live through the historical election of 2004, that I proudly cast a vote for Howard Dean. If anything I am more determined to buy a few more bumper stickers and do some more Dean visibility to remind people that front-runners and primary schedules aside, there is still room for idealism in this election cycle.

I also have begun a blog focused on John Kerry's candidacy, to which I only have Anybody-But-Bush loyalties. I encourage anyone who wants to critically analyse Kerry's showdown against Bush to join me at JFK Skeptic. But Dean Nation remains focused on Dean, not Kerry - and we have a LOT left to talk about, debate, and even argue :)

We are Dean Nation. We raised $40,000 dollars for Howard Dean, we launched Meetup, heck we even got a Ben and Jerry's flavor! We are here to stay. Please chime in with what this community means to you and the direction you want things to go here.


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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.