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So went the observation of one Edwards' staffer late night post-debate. An insightful commentary on what is good in New Hampshire. And what else is good for the Edwards' campaign in the Granite State? The following are the top three:

1. Elvis has left the building: after Edwards' event on the Dartmouth University campus in Hanover, NH a new exit strategy was on display. After his speech Edwards was whisked outside, down the stairs and into the bus in minutes flat. In the five minutes it took to get outside, audience members hoping to catch a glimpse of the Senator missed him completely and the following commentary was overheard, "He's gone! I missed him! I can't believe it."

2. What over 30 percent of Iowa caucus-goers decided last Monday night: Edwards is a real contenda'. In response to Peter Jenning's question on lack of experience Edwards stayed on message.

3. I may not be an expert, but is that the point? In response to Peter Jenning's question on understanding Islam, Edwards deftly admitted he was no expert. The real issue, he argued, is the challenge in understanding the people, not solely their choice of prophecy.

Read more from the trail with Edwards on LINK

The Los Angeles Times' John Glionna and Scott Martelle Note that "Edwards has sought to turn his easy-rolling Southern drawl into a political asset": "I can win in the North, in the West, in the Midwest and, talking like this," Edwards says, pointing to his mouth, "in the South." ">LINK


Jim VandeHei writes up Dean's shifting image on the front page of the Washington Post again, writing that Dean's "Dean's decision to personalize -- and poke fun at -- his candidacy reflects the serious concern inside his campaign about the fallout" of his Iowa loss and the speech shown round the world afterward. LINK

Read these two key graphs near the end, with another great journalistic use of the word "privately":

"When articles appeared about Dean's silence on religion, he responded by talking about God. When Democrats complained about his electability, he started talking more about bringing the party together. When they said he sounded angry, he lightened up. When aides complained that he was letting attacks from rivals go unanswered, he fired back hard. All of which left some Iowa voters confused about who the real Howard Dean is, interviews with voters there revealed."

"Joe Trippi, Dean's campaign manager, said Dean was 'uncomfortable' as the front-runner. 'He's at his best . . . when he's an against-the-odds kind of guy.' Now Trippi and others talk of allowing Dean to be Dean, but privately some worry it may be too late."

The New York Times' Jodi Wilgoren reports on Diane Sawyer's Drs. Dean interview and the candidate's push to humanize himself a la Bill Clinton on "60 Minutes" way back when. Wilgoren writes Dean "seemed unsure of himself," before reporting that one Gina Glantz is headed into the field for SEIU's candidate. LINK

Ah, the inefficiencies of life in the bubble!!!!

The New York Times' Alessandra Stanley writes of the Dean move to head onto TV to "atone" for what he had done on TV. LINK

The New York Times' David Rosenbaum puts Dean's shifts since Iowa in perspective, writing that Dean aint the only one to switch his m.o. between Iowa and New Hampshire. LINK

Yesterday, The Note misidentified a Dean scheduler. She is Sarah Buxton. And we regret the error.

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