Young Rove impresses the brass

His convention opened, also in Miami Beach, Monday, August 21. Sometime during the proceedings, a messenger accidentally dropped off the script in the BBC’s in-box. It specified the exact timing for spontaneous applause and “impromptu” remarks, even the gestures speakers were supposed to make. A former football quarterback, for example, was directed to “nod” at the young people congregated in the bleachers. There were three thousand such Young Voters for the President in Miami Beach, divided into three units, each issued different-colored badges. These three battalions were divided, in turn, into one-hundred-person units identified by letter, like a combat company. “If the president calls and says, ‘I need five hundred kids at a press conference,’” boasted the staff director of Young Voters for the President, “we can get them there in twenty minutes.”