The Note

Orin reports Democratic money man Robert Zimmerman is backing Kerry. Says Zimmerman: "I share the anger of Democrats around the country about beating Bush, but this isn't about group therapy. Anger isn't going to win." LINK

Mickey Kaus uses his spot on the Web to start a "Kerry Withdrawal Contest," urging readers to "help him drop out now and avoid humiliation." LINK

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

ABC News has learned that Senator Kerry will pick up an endorsement from Manchester, N.H. Mayor Bob Baines today.

A senior Kerry adviser told ABC News, "Baines is beloved among the voters who really start paying attention a month before the race and are searching for a candidate. Baines throwing his good name behind Kerry sends a message to them about the kind of president John Kerry will be, a chief executive with answers not just anger."

Baines ranks 27th on's list of 105 politicos essential to garnering the Granite State's first-in-the-nation primary delegates. In November, the Mayor won nearly 70 percent of the vote in all 12 of Manch Vegas' wards, making him yet another solid addition to the Kerry-Shaheen New Hampshire machine.

Read more from the trail with Kerry on LINK


Gen. Clark says he has a plan for Iraq … but "refused to specify when he would bring troops home or how many more soldiers might be needed to stabilize Iraq," says the New York Times . LINK

That plan occupied Senator Lieberman this morning on Imus, who tweaked The General for his secrecy.

Clark accused the Bush Administration Thursday of misleading the American people with "the greatest, most wasteful, disastrous bait-and-switch" by invading Iraq in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, reports the Chicago Tribune's Jill Zuckman. LINK

Do see the New York Times ' Sunday magazine piece on Clark's half-brother, Dr Kennard Clark.

Says Dr. Clark in the piece, "I am glad to know I have a brother. I'm certainly glad he is who he is. He's not a horse thief or something like that. I would have hated to find out I had a brother who hadn't made much of a success of his life."

Clark has been trying to "hang with" and solicit votes from the D.C. locals. LINK

From ABC News' Clark campaign reporter Deborah Apton:

As the band Better than Ezra sang last night at a fundraiser for The General — "Aha, it was good."

It was a good day for Gen. Clark yesterday on the campaign trail. "I never pay attention to polls," Clark told supporters at a fundraiser hosted by the campaign's C-Company at a D.C. club last night, "unless they're favorable."

Earlier in the day, a Clark campaign staffer passed around his BlackBerry to press covering a "Conversation with Clark" in Nashua that showed the latest American Research Group poll showing Clark a close third in New Hampshire behind Dean and Kerry.

And more from New Hampshire: "The Zogby poll shows me at 9 percent, it shows Kerry falling to, I don't know, 14 or something [Mrs. Clark, standing behind her husband on the stage corrects him saying, "12."] … and then the ABC poll has me at a statistical dead-heat with John Kerry for second place," said Clark. ABC News questioned what ABC poll Clark was referring to and found out from press secretary Jamal Simmons that Clark actually meant to say the ARG poll.

Read more from the trail with Clark on LINK


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