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Friday, December 20, 2002


Disconnect: Dean's poll numbers vs. netroot support

posted by Aziz P. at Friday, December 20, 2002 permalink View blog reactions
Jerome has posted an entry to the MyDD weblog regarding the dis-connect with the polls, which show Dean at low single digits, and the fledging support that Dean is getting from the netroots of Democratic internet activists:

Howard Dean has been busy, there are a number of new posts on the Dean 2004 weblog. OK, so Dean is still polling 1-4% nationally, so what. Look at the netroots. has a weekly straw poll. Over the four weeks it's been done, with Gore included, Dean has finished a cumulative second. Here's where you go to sign up to vote.

Here's one of many Democratic Underground threads that have popped up in support of Dean since Gore has dropped out.

The comments section on the MyDD post has superb commentary and analysis. However, despite the strong support of the Internet political community, the Dean campaign has been strangely slow to get organized on the web. The DeanForAmerica website has a broken link for online contributions which is unforgivable considering how easy it is to accept donations online (as soon as the campaign gets its donations link fixed, we will add that link prominently to this weblog). And some users have commented that it takes weeks to get added to the campaign mailing list. One has to wonder if the campaign is even aware of the netroot support?


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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.