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Wednesday, July 07, 2004



posted by Aziz P. at Wednesday, July 07, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
You know that Barack Obama is a force of nature when the GOP resorts to... DITKA! I have a lot of love for the old guy, seeing as how in junior high we all sang the Superbowl Shuffle and all. In the personality contest, however, Obama is a rock star and Ditka is a has-been. The analogies to Paul Simon keep on coming, and that carries a lot more weight downstate than faded Soldier Field glories. The GOP is desperate for a dose of celebrity to counter the Obama factor, but recruiting Ditka for state party chairman just pales in comparison.

Proof? via a hysterical discussion thread at Kos, comes news that Obama raised $4million last quarter alone.


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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.