The Note

Kerry won the primary after a tight race, thanks in part to his "athletic stamina and what one campaign staffer called 'laser-like focus,'" as well as vital help from Vietnam vets.

Mooney takes care to Note the presence of Michael Whouley who worked on both the lieutenant governor and Senate races, and who now serves as "an informal adviser to the Kerry presidential campaign."

As for Kerry's general race against GOP candidate Raymond Shamie, Mooney has him "puff[ing] up" his Democratic credentials with flyers exaggerating somewhat his association with JFK and the Freedom Summer (although Kerry did have an "'eye-opener'" trip to the segregated South.), but acknowledging the "thrust of Kerry's candidacy, however, was an attack on Reagan's economic, foreign, and military policies."

Kerry scornfully likened the invasion of Grenada to "'Boston College playing football against the Sisters of Mercy'" (Although he now points out he was merely dismissive of the action, rather than publicly opposed to it.) and gave the Cape Codder newspaper this currently parsable quote:

"'The invasion of Grenada represents the Reagan policy of substituting public relations for diplomatic relations . . . no substantial threat to US interests existed and American lives were not endangered . . . The invasion represented a bully's show of force against a weak Third World nation. The invasion only served to heighten world tensions and further strain brittle US/Soviet and North/South relations.'"

Kerry himself draws the Iraq parallel: "'I mean, I supported disarming Saddam Hussein, but I was critical of the administration and how it did its diplomacy and so forth.'"

In any case, in 1984, despite Reagan's 49-state-including-Massachusetts win, Kerry still took his Senate seat, with a 10% margin, and we look to part six with Kerry "a member of the club."

The Boston Globe 's Names column has a blue-suited-red-tied Kerry giving a well-received (there was whooping and applause) "mini-stump speech" at the Pine Street Inn homeless shelter's commencement, with comments such as '''if we can afford to open firehouses in Iraq, we can afford to give people a livable wage.''' LINK Keep a look out for the images on that fall "60 Minutes" segment; the crew was present and "buzz[ing]." And Ed Bradley is reportedly the talent.


ANGLE, the Los Angeles-based gay and lesbian political organization, will hear from Senator Graham on July 22.


Something the Dean campaign sent out last night confuses us …

A fundraising solicitation e-mail contains this line: "We are tied for first in New Hampshire and tied for second in Iowa." [emphasis ours.]

But the new ARG poll shows Governor Dean to be in second place in New Hampshire, not tied for first.

Was this statement based on internal polling or another poll of which we're not aware? (The last poll we know of showing the two tied is an early June Zogby work up).

Which is what Courtney O'Donnell, a Dean deputy press secretary, cited this morning as the basis for the e-mail.

So we now presume the Dean campaign has faith in Zogby numbers.

David Yepsen of the Des Moines Register compares Howard Dean to another politician with whom he shares a similar background, Jimmy Carter.

"Today, the unknown former governor running for president is Howard Dean of Vermont, and Teig says "I see some parallels" with Carter. Like Carter, Dean has worked himself into a position where he could actually win the Iowa caucuses."

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