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Wednesday, April 25, 2007


Congratulations to Matt Yglesias

posted by Aziz P. at Wednesday, April 25, 2007 permalink View blog reactions
Matt Yglesias is leaving The American Prospect, and will be working for The Atlantic Monthly. I think that of the triumvirate of liberal policy magazines (TAP, The Washington Monthly, and The Atlantic), this is the best fit for Matt who is a pragmatic liberal interventionist on the foreign policy front and an unabashed liberal on the domestic. In other words, very purple. I had the pleasure and honor of blogging alongside Matt for a while myself and he's a formidable wonk in his own right. I think that his blogging at TAM will do a lot to broaden the appeal of purple politics amongst the left-wing of american political discourse - a perspective that is almost wholly absent (or at least, drowned out) by the leading progressive policy portals like Daily Kos. The ultimate goal of any policy writer is to influence policy, and in that regard Matt's ascension is great news for everyone.

It's also worth remembering that the last merit promotion of this sort was when Blake Hounshell moved from American Footprints to become web editor of Foreign Policy magazine. This sort of thing is a great trend.

Congratulations to you, Matt. And congratulations to TAM, too.

(aside: IMHO TAM would be well-served by following the Washington Monthly/Kevin Drum model and having Matt's blogging be the primary content on their front page site).

via Ezra and Brian, both of whom I have also had the distinct honor of blogging alongside in the past.



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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.