The Note

Howard Kurtz writes that "Kerry may develop some new worry lines if the media launch a wave of Dean-style coverage against the newly crowned front-runner," including the Dean-encouraged investigation into his congressional meeting/voting record. LINK

More shades of Dean: "'There's this long history of hostility between Kerry and the reporters who cover him,' says Dan Kennedy, media writer for the Boston Phoenix. 'He doesn't pal around with them, and a lot of them don't like him.'"

Knight Ridder's Steven Thomma sees Kerry gaining inevitability as more and more people agree that he's better than Bush and electable. LINK

The Washington Post's Edsall and Cohen write that Kerry's rebound "was made possible by Kerry's decision to invest a fortune, $6.4 million, of his own money in his campaign." LINK

The Washington Post's Segal has Kerry reflecting on his days in the band: "We made a lot of noise. It was a very good time." LINK

"So what does it sound like? Let's put it this way: Kerry shouldn't run on this record. Then again, he shouldn't run from it, either."

The Wall Street Journal editorial page trots out the George Romney analogy and applies it to Sen. Kerry about the war.

And then it bemoans that his Democratic opponents have too little cash to highlight the (horrors of) Sen. Kerry's resume.

The Boston Globe's Healy writes that Kerry came under "withering criticism" from Dean yesterday on his connections to special interests and his campaign fundraising. LINK

The New York Times' Yale-obsessed Elisabeth Bumiller muses on what could be the "first skull-to-skull match-up of Bonesmen in history." LINK

Kerry's success has created a "complex political landscape" for Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. LINK

USA Today's Martin Kasindorf reports that Kerry has the big Mo in Missouri. LINK

From ABC News' Kerry campaign reporter Ed O'Keefe:

FARGO, N.D., Feb. 1 -- As the first half of Super Bowl XXXVIII drew to a close, Sen. Kerry turned back to the gathered crowd of Midwestern-turned-New Englanders and mouthed only two simple words: "Adam Vinatieri."

As the fourth quarter came near, the Patriots remained ahead yet still Kerry insisted, "This game will come down to Adam Vinatieri."

Indeed, with only eight seconds left on the clock, sitting in Playmaker's bar in Fargo, N.D., the Senator's prophecy about the South Dakota State University kicker became reality; Vinatieri stepped up, set, and, for the second time in three years, kicked the clutch field goal, again delivering a world championship to New England.

Kerry, tossing aside his barely touched Sam Adams bottleneck, jumped from his seat, raised both arms in the air and high-fived every native in sight.

The evening capped what could only be deemed a highly successful campaign day in the far flung part of "up north" country. Kerry arrived in North Dakota Saturday night but did not hold his only event of the day until noon on Sunday.

Considering only 2,000 North Dakota Democrats voted in the Gore v. Bradley 2000 race, Kerry's 1,200 crowd at the Fargo Air Museum was itself a success. Although the Senator arrived nearly a half hour late, the capacity crowd cheered his stump speech, appreciating the mere presence of the frontrunner in the three electoral vote, 14-delegate state.

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