You gotta admire the chutzpah it takes to name a generation after yourself.
But that's exactly what former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean did when he kicked off his Generation Dean initiative Monday before a packed house at Georgia State's Recital Hall.
Dean has hit a rough patch making the transition from insurgent candidate to front-runner -- a transition for which his staffers admit they weren't completely prepared. The flinty, tough-talking doctor has a habit of making off-the-cuff remarks that used to be ignored but now whip up mini-press tsunamis. Meanwhile, the other Democratic candidates have begun zeroing in on him.
But there was no visible unsteadiness Monday. The crowd, primed by music like the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army," and U2's "Beautiful Day," saw a Dean on his game.
When asked by an audience member how he would defend the charge that he's just another tax-and-spend Yankee liberal, Dean retorted: "The first thing I'm going to say is that 'If it takes a Liberal to balance the budget well then lordy-be, we better have a Liberal in the White House.'"
Aside from being a primer for the uninitiated on the rhetorical style that separates him from the other candidates -- Dean first explains the problem, then tells you he has solutions, and then explains those solutions -- the GSU event launched a campaign within the campaign. Michael Whitney, who handles communications and Internet services for Generation Dean, says the plan is to target an 18- to 30-year-old demographic not known as reliable voters. So far, Generation Dean has 6,000 members, who are part of 633 groups, more individual organizations than Al Gore had on Election Day, Whitney says. He adds that 25 percent of the campaign's donations during the most recent quarter came from donors in the 18-24 age bracket.
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