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Wednesday, January 21, 2004



posted by annatopia at Wednesday, January 21, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
I'm going to keep repeating this mantra until it sinks in to the rattled Dean supporters out there. Think about this. Gephardt was supposed to win Iowa - he HAD to win Iowa - in order to stay in the race. It shouldn't matter to us whether Kerry & Edwards went 1-2. What matters was that we knocked Gephardt out of the race. On the ground, it really was the Gephardt grassroots versus the Dean grassroots, and we won. Our inexperienced, political newbies fought the "strong" Iowa contender, the somewhat-hometown favorite, and we won. We made it.
Looking ahead to New Hampshire, it's a must-win state for John Kerry. I don't know if he'll drop if he doesn't win, but he probably should because beyond NH the landscape changes and it's not Kerry-friendly. If we can knock out Kerry in NH, that is another victory, then it on to the south where Clark and Edwards will duke it out. If we can pick up a few 1st and 2nd place finishes on Feb 3, we'll head into seriously Dean-friendly territory on March 2.
Remember folks, we have the money to run the ads, the grassroots support to fill the volunteer spots, and the message that will beat George W Bush. Don't give up hope now. Have faith; we can still win this thing.


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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.