The Note

One Note: no one dressed as a metrosexual.

In other news, Dean has picked up a new military/foreign policy adviser: retired General Tony "Merrill" McPeak, a former Air Force chief of staff. McPeak joins a growing roster of foreign policy advisers, including retired Lieutenant General Joseph Hoar, a former commander in chief of the U.S. Central Command.

All that is something to Crowe about.

On the labor front, the Dean campaign has grown steadily more confident that it the SEIU will vote to endorse the Governor on November 6.

He won a straw poll at the New Hampshire state SEIU reception on Saturday, taking 65 votes to Dick Gephardt's 20. Incidentally, the New Hampshire SEIU also voted to recommend the endorsement of a presidential candidate on November 6 — by a 2-to-1 margin.

Kerry: The Boston Herald's Noelle Straub has Senator Kerry commenting on "the Bush administration's enforcement of a 12-year-old policy blocking media coverage of U.S. soldiers' flag-draped coffins arriving at military bases as a bid to hide the human toll of the Iraqi war." LINK

The Union Leader's editorial board wonders if the Kerry campaign can survive its recent poll numbers. LINK

Reports the Quad-City Times, Kerry asked for a moment of silence "to honor the members of a Davenport-based Iowa National Guard unit who were injured in a helicopter attack in Iraq," then "blamed President Bush for the status of the American war effort there." LINK

On Saturday, the Des Moines Register wrote up Kerry's criticism of Dean's gun views, including a 1992 NRA questionnaire that allegedly recorded Dean's opposition to an assault weapons ban — a position at odds with his current stance. LINK

The Des Moines Register has an AP photo of Kerry looking over his kill. LINK

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

On a chilly Friday afternoon, Senator Kerry loaded his 12-guage shotgun in search of Colo, Iowa's finest pheasants. But before the non-political hunt began, the candidate took aim at chief rival Howard Dean.

Kerry baited the former Vermont Governor, who received the endorsement of the NRA eight times, saying "Howard Dean needs to square his support for the NRA with his current position. You can't just flip a position in the year you decide to run for president and say, 'Here I am'."

The New York Times ' ace pheasant spotter David Halbfinger wrapped what appeared to be a solid one-day story: LINK

But, it was Dr. Dean himself that gave his rivals reason to reload for round two, offering to Thomas Beaumont of the Des Moines Register , "I still want to be the candidate for guys with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks. We can't beat George Bush unless we appeal to a broad cross-section of Democrats." LINK

Dean-bashing quickly hit a fever pitch; it cooled fast but the damage was done and the second day stories cometh: LINK

On the trail in Waverly, Iowa, Kerry added, "Evidently, Dean will say anything to get elected … (but) I'd rather be the candidate of the NAACP rather than the NRA."

Guns in their holsters, two words dominated the Senator's weekend: special interests.

Taking a page (or perhaps a chapter?) from the Edwards playbook, Senator Kerry continued to experiment with his newly simplified stump, most notably by repeatedly blaming non-specified "special interests" in Washington as the cause of all woes.

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