The Note

And Friday, he attends two fundraisers in California.

The Democratic National Committee's Presidential Dinner this Wednesday is set to gross about $1.5 million for the party. All but Senators Kerry and Lieberman are confirmed to attend (though those two are maybes).

There are two major candidate forums this week. On Thursday, the League of Conservation Voters hosts a half dozen presidentials; on Saturday, the National Association of Latino Elected Officials and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus team up. (Senators Graham and Leiberman get their own special NALEO forum on Friday.).

Senate votes could ruin or delay both of those, however.

Senator Kerry is in Coralville, Iowa today; Pembroke, New Hampshire on Wednesday; and Tacoma, Washington for the Washington State Democratic Party's annual Albert D. Rossellini Dinner.

Senator Graham will spend part of the week in Florida;

Governor Dean will travel from Vermont to DC tomorrow.

From the schedule they put out, the Edwards campaign appears not to have scheduled anything for their candidate until Saturday's NALEO forum.

Howard Dean's big day:

The former Vermont governor hit a few morning shows today, and committed no news.

The Boston Globe 's Sarah Schweitzer has a front page story on the lively, brash, about-to-announce Dr. Dean, whom she describes as "[u]northodox, sharp-edged, and appealing enough to have earned him a corps of fervent supporters." LINK

Schweitzer explains that the McCain-like apparent candor which has won Dean so many fans and enabled him to challenge John Kerry's New Hampshire lead, may not play so well in, say, South Carolina, and may cost him the support of donors and party activists who might dismiss him as a "noisemaker."

As for the issue that made him a star in the first place, Schweitzer writes: "The Dean camp is acutely aware of potential flameout. Dean's formal announcement is being billed as an effort to deflect attention from his major publicity coup to date: opposing the war."

The AP's Ross Sneyd writes, "Some Vermont voters may have a tough time recognizing the Howard Dean who mounts the stage in his adopted hometown this week to declare his campaign for president." LINK

More Sneyd: "Dean was a centrist governor. He's viewed as a liberal candidate. That's based largely on his measured opposition to the war in Iraq and also his opposition to the president's tax cut package."

The Wall Street Journal 's Jacob Schlesinger keys off of the Dean announcement with a very nice anthropological look at the various things the campaigns do at this stage to get press attention.

The only flaw in the story: Jake states unequivocally that Dean apologized to Graham — silly boy.

The Washington Post s' Leibovich looks at the ritual of announcing for president when one has been running for months. LINK

Homestate Sunday paper curtain-raising: LINK

and LINK and LINK and LINK

Dean's Saturday Iowa cancellation made the Register. LINK

Brian Faler's Sunday Washington Post Pol Notes had an item with a certain spokesguy on the record against a certain candidate: LINK

"Aides to Dean's rivals, who have grown tired of his sharp elbows on the campaign trail, noted what they see as the risks of the ex-governor's missteps. 'It's hard to be a straight-talk candidate when you spend most of your time apologizing for things you know aren't correct,' said Robert Gibbs, a spokesman for Senator John F. Kerry (D-Mass.)."

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