The Note

The 60-year-old-Kerry, who receives near-constant reminders from his wife Teresa Heinz Kerry to take it easy on a muscle-torn right shoulder, admitted, "I just like to re-charge, get time to rest and read … I'll be restless after two days."

Perhaps some of Heinz Kerry's pleas reached the Senator as Kerry casually mentioned to reporters en route to Ketchum that he would have surgery "at the end of the month" to repair a slight muscle tear.

Senator Kerry realizes the procedure may "take (him) out for a day or two" but "it's got to be done." Kerry sustained the injury in a bicycle accident last summer and aggravated it during sudden stop aboard the "Real Deal Express" in Iowa.

On Thursday, Kerry will venture onto the slopes, providing the skiing and snowboarding campaign image makers crave. But, perhaps to the Kerry campaign's dismay, the Senator's vacation preparations are already making (comedy) news.

On Comedy Central's "Daily Show" Tuesday, host Jon Stewart mocked Kerry's pre-vacation television-covered errands saying, "Among his stops: a Borders book store where he showed just like all Americans by pretending to be interested in books, using the bathroom, and then leaving without buying anything."

While The Note hesitates to tangle with an excellent punch line, for the record, Kerry might peruse any one the following $155.62 worth of Boston Borders pre-vacation purchases:

"Benjamin Franklin: An American Life" by Walter Isaacson "Perfectly Legal" by David Cay Johnston "The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality" by Brian Greene "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez "Middlesex" by Jeffrey Eugenides "Undaunted Courage: Meriweather Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West" by Stephen Ambrose "Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History" in George Crile Mr. Stewart also rightly pointed out that during that same outing, "(Kerry) bought a jockstrap shopping with his daughter in front of a camera crew."

Nevertheless, Kerry's vacation will mark the first vacation the Senator will enjoy with both Secret Service protection and a traveling press corps.

Mr. Stewart, this could be your lucky week.

The Boston Herald Notes Senator Kerry's luxurious vacation in Idaho: "The Bay State senator and his wife will hole up at their secluded mansion near the exclusive Sun Valley ski resort, the playground of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood." LINK

Al Franken is taking credit for the Kerry campaign turnaround, according to Rush and Molloy. LINK

"John Kerry has taken a beating this week on national security, including from us, so let's give him credit for finally saying the right thing about events in Spain," Notes the Wall Street Journal editorial page.

Also in the Wall Street Journal , former U.S. ambassador to the U.N., and current John Kerry adviser, Richard Holbrooke backs up his candidate's claim on foreign leaders and accuses Republicans of diverting attention from the real issues.

Colleen McCain Nelson of the Dallas Morning News reports on Teresa Heinz Kerry's one-time vow to never hit the campaign trail, Noting that now, plunged into center stage as her husband fights for the presidential bid, she gets by with a little help from her friends. LINK

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