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Monday, December 06, 2004


Dean to announce on Wednesday

posted by Aziz P. at Monday, December 06, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
From Joe Rospars (a Dean Nation alumni) at the O-blog comes word that Dean is set to make a major announcement about "the future of [the Democratic] Party" on Wednesday. The DNC chairmanship is not explicitly mentioned, but you can read between the lines. Click extended entry to read the post, and my comments:

Dean to Speak Wednesday on the Future of Our Party

Over the past month, as he always has, Governor Dean has been listening to what Democrats, independents, and regular people across the country have to say.

On Wednesday, December 8, at The George Washington University, Governor Dean will speak about a vision for the future of our party.

He'll be speaking at the Jack Morton Auditorium in the Media and Public Affairs building at Noon.

We'll be streaming the speech live here on the blog and at

More details to come over the next 24 hours ...

UPDATE: The time of the speech has been changed to 12 Noon on the same day, this Wednesday.
Posted by Joe Rospars at 12:04 AM

I've seen plenty of glee from the Rightsphere about the prospect of a Dean candidacy, but the fact remains that Dean was the single candidate that Rove and team were genuinely afraid of. It was Kerry, Vietnam baggage and patrician stereotype, who they wanted to face in November, and they demonstrated that even a war hero wasn't immune to the slime machine. Dean would have faced the same slime, but he would have fought back - and he would have run a true 50-state campaign.

Dean for DNC is something that the Right may lampoon as the Democrat's increasing political irrelevance, but I've seen this rhetoric before. They have a vision of Dean grounded firmly in straw.

But Howard Dean, as DNC Chair, would be a landmark event in American politics. I have my gripes about the campaign he ran, and their use of the internet, but the Dean campaign was still the most innovative and receptive to evolution. Kerry represented a fallback from activism, Meetups, and grassroots, relying instead on 527s to do the legwork and treating his inherited internet netroots as a big money machine. It's far more than that. And under Dean, the DNC will have a higher probability of actually empowering the grassroots to exert oversight of the political process.


not sure how true these are, the article on the bottom and that someone on one of the sites I go to said 527 group, leader, David Jones just said on c-span2 that the sole purpose of his 527 was to bring down Dean. They wanted Gephart.
Are they offering Dean this job to make up for the creepy things they did to him all through the campaigning? I wouldn't be one bit surprised if they did more than that to him. Too bad they don't go after the republicans the way they do their own.
Here's the link to the article, again, I don't know how true it is but I guess we'll find out when he makes his major announcement.
This year the Democratic National Committee will select a new chairman. With an eye toward healing the rift between Clinton centrists and the party’s liberal base before Election 2008, the committee’s leaders have quietly offered the top position to Dr. Howard Dean--former governor, former presidential candidate


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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.