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Monday, August 04, 2003


peaking? impossible

posted by Aziz P. at Monday, August 04, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Kos, who actually has the ear of the Democratic Party, dispenses bitter medicine to the DLC and the rest of the Democratic Party establishment:

So I'm no pie-in-the-sky idealist. I apply cold, hard calculus to every race and throw my weight behind the guy that has the best chance of winning. And I have no doubt in my mind that Dean is that guy.

Case in point, while the rest of the Democratic field scratches its head, wondering how to slow Dean's momentum (not realizing that every attack on Dean is good for thousands more MeetUp signups), Dean's team has been bold, daring, even exhibiting a bit of chutzpah.

How else to explain the ad campaign the Dean campaign will run in Austin this week, mocking Bush as he vacations nearby? Texas isn't a key primary state, and if it was, Dean couldn't win it, could he? And even if he could win the state's primary (and the nomination), he REALLY couldn't compete in Texas in 2004, could he?

Nah, Texas is out of reach. But this ad buy goes beyond that. It cements Dean as the star of the field. He fires up the base (ads in Texas? I was giddy when I first read about it!). He earns globs of free press as news programs and the cable news networks talk and talk some more about the ad.

Kos goes on to warn us Dean supporters that complaining about Kerry's, Liebermans's, or the DLC's attacks ultimately amounts to purist whining. Dean is taking the battle to Bush and that's where we also have to focus our efforts - as if we have already won the nomination.

Note however that the new meme out there to try and defuse Dean is that Dean is "peaking" - this is absolute nonsense. Dean has still barely scratched the surface.


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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.