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Wednesday, April 28, 2004


endorsement: Jennifer Brannan

posted by Aziz P. at Wednesday, April 28, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
Jennifer Brannan for President! Rather, for The American Candidate reality television show:

AMERICAN CANDIDATE will attempt to identify one individual who has the qualifications and qualities to be President of the United States. This summer, AMERICAN CANDIDATE will debut with 12 contestants from all walks of life. Over the course of 10 weeks, those 12 will face-off against each other in a series of challenges designed to test their presidential mettle and to show viewers what really goes on in the making of a presidential candidate. Week-by-week, the original pool of candidates will be winnowed down. The final episode will be a showdown between the remaining two candidates, and one person will emerge victorious -- the "American Candidate."

The winner gets $200,000 and a nationwide media appearance after the show so the "American Candidate" can make his or her address to the nation.

I know Jennifer personally and I can vouch for her personification of the Dean Dream: young newcomers to the political process who trancend mere partisanship and have a platform based on principles, open for dialog, and committed to the interests f the nation as a whole, not just red or blue states therein.

Jennifer's Candidacy page has her position on the issues, which I personally think are wonderfully representative of the moderate and rational mainstream. But the larger picture is that this American Candidate process is exactly the kind of vehicle for re-validating the American political process in the minds of the larger disillusioned group of voters that Dean dreamed of reaching out to. I want to promote Jennifer because I support that larger cause as well.

If you'd like to join me in supporting Jennifer, please click over to her page and click on the "Support Me!" link right next to her photo on the right side.


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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.