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Tuesday, August 12, 2003



posted by Matt Singer at Tuesday, August 12, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
There have been some complaints of Dean supporters acting as trolls over on the Kerry blog. We don't know if it really is Dean supporters or others trying to stoke bad blood between the campaigns, but please leave it alone.

Leave Freeper tactics to Freepers.

We want to take the country back, not isolate our future allies.

UPDATE (Aziz): Remember that it is a common tactic by Freepers to masquerade as supporters of their opponents, to discredit them. It is good policy for us to be vigilant for anyone on other message boards who is acting in Dean Nation's or the campaign's name, and to police ourselves. Even if we agree with teh content of a troll's attack, we have to step forward and denounce the tone.


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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.