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Sunday, April 11, 2004


Building Dean Nation

posted by Dana at Sunday, April 11, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
Aziz' recent posts (and Sacco's cartoon) point to a malaise in Dean Nation that needs to be addressed.

And there's a way we can address it.

Rather, there's a way in which you can address it. After all, you have the power.

Here's a good way to start. Look around your city, your state, your county. Find a great Deaniac candidate. And talk about them here. Give us your reports. We need you to be the reporters. You're empowered, and that's a good way to use that power.

Second, I'd like to hear some ideas for building our traffic as Dean Nation (as opposed to Howard Dean 2004). One idea I've had is that we do a poll on pulling out of Iraq, then fan out among other blogs and encourage people there go come here and vote.

And when they do, we need to get their input. Whose campaign do they like? What is turning them on? What are they doing to take our country back?

Go from there.


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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.