More Rainey: "Analysts looking for an explanation said Edwards had yet to be identified by voters with the kind of persona or single issue that have helped his top rivals: former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, the antiwar crusader with the maverick, Internet-driven campaign; retired Gen. Wesley K. Clark, the decorated soldier and NATO leader; Kerry, the Vietnam War hero; and Rep. Richard A. Gephardt of Missouri, known for his pro-union stances and House leadership position. If Edwards has been stuck with a label, it has often been 'young and untested.'"
From ABC News' Gephardt campaign reporter Sally Hawkins:
"While Gephardt campaign staffers on the ground in Iowa have heard tales of Wes Clark's chartered media planes and Howard Dean's 'rock star' attention on the campaign trail, the number of reporters following Gephardt from town to town in Iowa has, until now, maxed out at four (and sometimes there has been just one). So, it's being met with enthusiasm and a bit of anxiety that there will suddenly be 20 reporters in tow for the weekly whirlwind Iowa tour that begins today with a fresh health care policy speech in Des Moines."
"Since last week's Washington Post article reported that several top Republicans view Gephardt as the greatest threat to Bush's re-election, Gephardt has been enjoying more press — and more positive press. The campaign is quick to dismiss the sudden onslaught of attention as a major turn in Gephardt's popularity with the media or with voters. While pleased with the high interest level on their candidate, they say the attention could be here one day, gone the next. Slow and steady, like a tortoise, is their motto. 'You need to enjoy the good media weeks but be prepared to weather the bad ones too', one staffer in Iowa said."
"On the endorsement front, with its 2,300 members, Iowa Local 234 of the International Union of Operating Engineers endorsed Gephardt Monday. 'Gephardt has been a friend of working families his whole career. We are proud to support him and we are ready to put our friend in the White House," said Rick Lane, business manager of Local 234.'"
The Des Moines Register 's Jonathan Roos reports on Gephardt's endorsement from the International Union of Operating Engineers. LINK
Howard Kurtz's online column ponders Gephardt's "Resurrection of the Week." LINK
"'The last time I checked, the Missouri congressman had been relegated to also-ran status. He was old news, unexciting, and didn't even have his own blog. If Howard Dean and Wesley Clark were hot, Gephardt was like lukewarm meat loaf — comforting, appealing to lunch-bucket types, but decidedly not nouvelle cuisine. So how come a bunch of journalists are suddenly saying nice things about Dick?'"
The Advocate reports on David Mixner who just joined Gephardt's campaign as co-chair. A longtime gay activist, Mixner served as senior campaign adviser for Bill Clinton's 1992 candidacy for president and is seen as someone who could help Gephardt daughter Chrissy garner support for from the gay community. LINK
From ABC News' Kucinich campaign reporter Melinda Arons: