Friday, June 04, 2004
Support Barack Obama http://www2.obamaforillinois.com/contribute
I think that's wrong, and I want to make a special plea to all of us Deaniacs to contribute money to Obama's campaign.
Barack Obama is the son of a Kenyan economist, a principled lawyer who rejected a cushy partnership in order to work the underpaid civil rights beat, and a dedicated public servant. It may shock you to realize this, but if he becomes the Senator from Illinois he will be the sole black Senator. This isn't about a quota but rather a case of a supremely qualified man who deserves to win, far more than his super-funded Republican businessman opponent, because Obama will work for the betterment of the State of Illinois and a truly progressive national agenda.
Read Obama's personal statement at Daily Kos, and this biography at his campaign website, and learn more about him.
And then, please donate money to his campaign, because of all seats at stake, this one is one of the most important for real change and also the most symbolic. Like Senator Paul Simon before him, a beloved figure of Illinois politics by Democrats and Republicans alike, Obama has the potential to be a true reach-across-the-aisle builder of unity, in the true Dean Nation tradition of being for America as a whole, not just blue or red state divisions.
Illinois is my home state, where I was born. It is a noble land with a history of great statesmen leading the nation - both in the Senate and the Oval Office. Obama is the heir to that tradition and deserves our support.
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Obama 2008 - I want my country back
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.