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Monday, July 21, 2003


open thread: dream cabinet

posted by Aziz P. at Monday, July 21, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
We ran a poll a month or two ago to vote on our favorite picks for Dean's Veep, and Wesley Clark destroyed the opposition (Bob Graham came in a distant second, no one else even registered). But why stop there?

After all, a Dean Presidency will have a lot of work to do. Unlike the ideolouges being assigned to every post in the Bush Administration, Dean will have to find the best of the best. And set them to work repairing the damage.

So chime in the open thread as to who you'd like to see serve on the Dean Dream Cabinet! I'll get the ball rolling by nominating Paul Krugman, for the position of Treasury Secretary. His forthcoming book, The Great Unraveling, is a collection of his best columns and new material, clear and principled analysis of how the United States in recent years has lost its way in economic policy. Who's your pick?


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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.