The Note

Watch your feet, Gov' nuh. LINK

The Wall Street Journal 's Lee Gomes writes about that Internetin' stuff the Dean campaign likes so much. He Notes, "Of course, candidates have been using the Web for as long as the Web has been around, and everyone running for president next year has a home page by now. The Dean Web efforts, though, are vastly more complex than the position papers and candidate pictures that make up most other political Web pages."

Jo Mannies went to a MeetUp! LINK


Labor leaders who support Dick Gephardt have sent a letter to congressional Democrats urging them to stick in the Missouri representative's corner, Roll Call 's Ethan Wallison.

"The letter, which is circulating on Gephardt campaign letterhead, amounts to the second instance in the space of a week that the candidate's supporters have sought to head off possible defections within the Congressional ranks. Just days earlier, Gephardt strategist Steve Murphy sent a memo to lawmakers arguing that the candidate remains the strongest challenger to President Bush."

Well, it's not like it's a primary. The Gephardt campaign had some trouble with its forward motion this weekend in New Hampshire — on Naticook Lake in the Merrimack Public Library Cardboard Boat Festival, the Nashua Telegraph reports. LINK

Check out the photo, which shows staffer Claire Wilker of Manchester cheerfully sinking into the drink. For those of you keeping score in hard copy, Ms. Wilker's grimace, we're told, graced Saturday's Nashua section.


If you didn't know any better, you might think Ret. Gen. Wes Clark's two biggest backers were Joe Trippi and Howard Dean. LINK


Dennis Kucinich's shifting views are costing him local votes and throwing off his congressional campaign in Ohio, the Des Moines Register says. LINK


On Iowa Press Friday, Senator Graham urged President Bush to apologize to the nation. LINK


Is it an announcement phone call or a rock concert? You decide. When Senator John Edwards told his staff over the weekend that he would bow out of the U.S. Senate race in North Carolina, he did it by conference call. All satellite offices tuned in, campaign sources tell us, and both campaign manager Nick Baldick and the fully decided presidential candidate were announced to the troops over the rollicking strains of John Mellencamp's "Small Town." Edwards told his cheering staff that he was fully committed to the race for the presidency.

We can't wait to hear the musical selection at next week's formal announcement.

The Raleigh News & Observer began its four-part look at Edwards yesterday, looking at the "iron will to win" behind a guy in whom, as a kid, "no one saw greatness." The piece, which includes a great football photo and one of our favorite quotes from a classmate ("'Johnny was pretty close to being a redneck'"), casts Edwards as a determined lawyer and politician who saw possibilities for himself.

The Edwards announcement made the New York Times : LINK

And got the Balz treatment in the Washington Post .LINK

And will the likely contenders for the seat (as listed by Balz) please step up: "former Clinton White House chief of staff Erskine B. Bowles, who lost to Dole in 2002, and former state House speaker Daniel T. Blue Jr., who lost to Bowles in the Democratic primary last year."


The Post 's Dana Milbank tries to blame Rev. Sharpton's travel agent for his debate cancellation.. LINK


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