The Note

Time's Karen Tumulty on "why (Dean's) rivals haven't caught on, what they're doing to stop him and why he may be his own worst enemy." LINK

Tumulty says that Kerry's money people are stalled out.

The Washington Post 's Dan Balz has Gov. Vilsack arguing Dean may be vulnerable to attacks that he is not tough enough to be the commander in chief. LINK

Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack's comments on Dean's potential vulnerability to GOP attacks when it comes to the war on terror highlight the fears of many Democrats, as well as being indicative of the importance of Iraq in the coming election. LINK

The Des Moines Register reports on Dr. Dean's unexpected treatment of a collapsed staff member. LINK

In Newsweek, George Will writes that Wes Clark is the "incredibly shrinking candidate" and that while nominating Dean may be a nightmare, not doing so may just be worse. LINK

Despite his often blunt style, Dean is learning to hold his tongue in some cases, writes the AP's Nedra Pickler. LINK

From ABC News' Dean campaign reporter Marc Ambinder:

Howard Dean has not practiced medicine for more than a decade, even going so far as to let his license expire recently — though he finally paid the small fee to renew it.

The experience in Des Moines Saturday shows you can take the doctor out of the hospital but you can't take the doctor out of the doctor. LINK

According to witnesses, a Dean volunteer, Jake Edwards, 49, was standing on the sidewalk outside Central Campus High School, when he fell to the ground and began to have what appeared to be a seizure. Dean, who had just arrived and was going over notes in his car with staff, noticed the commotion. His car pulled up to the scene, and he leapt out, kneeling beside the man.

An EMT who happened to be nearby began to check to make sure Edwards' airway was open. Dean cradled Edwards' head for a few moments and held his hand to check his pulse.

A scrum of photographers moved in, and several members of Dean's staff tried to keep a perimeter.

An ambulance arrived a few moments later, and Edwards regained consciousness. Dean spoke with him a bit and asked a few questions about his medical history. Edwards was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was treated and released for a cut to his head and some wooziness.

This is at least the fourth time that Dean's physician instinct have manifested itself on the campaign trail.

Read more from the trail with Dean on LINK


Senator Kerry has made taking on special interests a big theme of his campaign, and today he announces a new plan to help small businesses, as he goes to a women-owned business in Des Moines where he will talk about his four-point plan. Not surprising for a man who once opened a cookie store.

While Senator Kerry has clearly something going on with his new staff, new aggressiveness, and new stump speech, the slogan for the speech ("The Real Deal") DOES have some tags wagging, including that of one Note reader who sent all this about it:

1. Has it all been faked up to now?

2. Once he was offering leadership, now he's looking to cut a deal.

3. Didn't think any slogan could be worse than his first one.

4. The real deal seems to be a big loan.

5. Which of his opponents is a fake — Howard Dean?

6. Authenticity is probably not his best selling point.

7. The "Real Deal" threw someone else's medals over the White House wall.

8. Sounds like "New Coke," and we all know how that turned out.

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