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Tuesday, July 08, 2003


How Dean Is Winning The Web,8816,463096,00.html

posted by B at Tuesday, July 08, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
The upcoming edition of Time profiles Dean and the skinny on how The Democrat's ability to win fans and raise cash online has taken his party by surprise. There's a blurb and link to this website (You can download the Dean Techno Dance Mix of one of his speeches from included.

Today, the second Tuesday of July, 2003, is Rally Day, and the last day of this mini-webathon. If you haven't already, please contribute toward the Dean Nation goal of raising $10,000 for Howard Dean. We are 16 months away from defeating George Bush, and even better, we are 16 months away from electing Howard Dean as our President.

The support shown on this weblog in contributions has been amazing. To those of you who have already given, thank you. Combined, we have now contributed $4,402.26, up 7% toward our goal from yesterday morning. The jaded cynacism from the Time article linked above states that our giving is due to a seam of online middle-class resentment that Dean seems to be tapping into.

To the contrary, we are full of hope, because we know that Howard Dean will represent the people. We know this, because we the people are his supporters. The plutocrats know that their puppet Bush is beholden to the money that bought his power; Howard Dean knows that he is people-powered. We support Dean because he represents all Americans, not just the elite-- like the Pioneers and Rangers that bundle millions to the Bush coffers.

We have the power Dean Nation, let's use it to elect Howard Dean for President.


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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.