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Tuesday, January 20, 2004


Dean Nation Team Goal updated: $40,000

posted by Aziz P. at Tuesday, January 20, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
Dean Nation has raised $35,000 dollars to date for Dean - with an average donation of $56. Think about that - for the cost of dinner and a movie, over 600 of us have played a concrete role in taking our nation back from the politics of personal destruction, from the hateful jingoism of the far right, from the hypocritical enemies of the middle and lower class.

We can do more. We must do more. Dean was never the front-runner in this race - it's always been Bush. Dean's 3rd place finish in Iowa means we can shed the baggage of the media expectations game - and focus on winning delegates. But to do that, we need to get our message out. I have my own critiques of Dean's Iowa strategy, but that was just the end of the beginning. As we look forward to New Hampshire we need to focus on what matters most - convincing voters of our competence.

Remember - Dean walked away from matching funds. That theoretically means he can raise unlimited funds to match Bush's $200 million - but that theory means nothing if WE don't step up to the plate. That money won't materialize out of thin air. In fact, unless we step up, and show the media elites that we believe in Dean, we might well be worse off than had we taken the federal money.

So let's see how close to $40,000 we can raise before New Hampshire. Let's dig a little deeper and use the sharp edge of the Iowa loss to prod us to our higher potential. Let's turn Iowa into our rallying cry. That is the essence of Dean fu and exactly what People Power is all about.

Feed the Bat! to $40K... and let's show the naysayers what comeback looks like!


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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.