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Monday, January 17, 2005


confession: Hillary '08 could be cool

posted by Aziz P. at Monday, January 17, 2005 permalink View blog reactions
I have to admit, that a Hillary Clinton run in 2008 looks really appealing to me. Part of it is that I'm fascinated by her life story. Another is that she isn't the knee-jerk liberal that she's been made out to be - much like Dean. Her positions on immigration for example are well to the right of President Bush in some aspects. She is a true student of law and an intellectual in her own right, yet she doesn't seem to have forgotten her lower-middle-class roots. A Dean vs Hillary primary would be enormous fun, too. I reject the argument that Hillary is a divisive figure - given her immigration stand she could well be a crossover candidate, and as such represents a truly Purple alternative to Blue stalwarts like Gore or Kerry.

And of course if she is followed by George P, and he is followed by Chelsea, we could have the whole Bush - Clinton - Clinton - Bush - Bush - Clinton - Clinton - Bush - Bush - Clinton - Clinton thing going on, which would be hilarious for sixth graders in 2074. Assuming the Republic still stands.

UPDATE: Like Chris, I am just baffled by the Hillary hatred on the left.


Clinton & Kerry Compared:Important comparisons made here.


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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.