John Kerry on the Campaign Trail

On Monday, the-now Senior Senator from Massachusetts who good-naturedly described himself as "71 and a little heavier" nevertheless offered to do the same for his junior colleague, Sen. John Kerry.

Fortunately for Kennedy, Kerry might not need any stunts for a decisive Wisconsin win.

Despite a wide lead in most Badger State polls, a commanding 560 delegate head count nationally, growing fundraising and positive press, the frontrunner is taking no chances. Or, some might argue, Kerry is going for the jugular in what could, for the first time in four decades, prove an influential Midwestern contest.

Engaging in his most active single state day of campaigning since New Hampshire, Kerry started early and ended late on Election eve. Holding three events in Wausau, Green Bay and Milwaukee, Senator Kerry deviated from his tarmac to tarmac, media and momentum-dependent game plan but stuck strictly to the strategic anti-Bush playbook.

Kerry's immediate post-Wisconsin strategy will be to travel to Ohio, a state the Senator has repeatedly claimed was a winnable one for Vice President Gore in 2000. In regards to further plans, Kerry would only add, "We're talking about the schedule right now. Obviously, New York, California, Ohio…it's hard right now to say." The Massachusetts Senator may be tired of the Iowa-New Hampshire-Wisconsin cold. Traveling from Green Bay to Milwaukee, the Senator turned to his campaign staff and proclaimed, "Hey guys, we have to go to Hawaii. How can you dis Hawaii?"

Adding insult to injury, it appears that if Kerry does not make it to the Aloha State before their February 24th primary, he may not even be able to bank all those campaign hotel credits.

Having spotted a traveling reporter booking an upcoming vacation online, Kerry turned to all-purpose aide Marvin Nicholson and asked, "Do we get (hotel) points? (The reporters) get points for vacation."

Nicholson, the 6'8" Kerry "body man", replied, "Ah, I don't know. We'll look into it."

Kerry retorted, "Look into it. Yeah, I've heard that staff answer before."

The Kerry campaign remains up with three rotating ads in Wisconsin through Tuesday's primary. They have not made any final decisions with regard to Super Tuesday advertising.

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FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 10 — When Senator Kerry enters a room advanced by his skilled team of television-friendly stage makers, scene setters and banner hangers, the crowd roars as Springsteen rocks and "Real Deal" ovals wave.

But as the front-running candidate walked into Bob's Barksdale Restaurant in Memphis, Tenn., an eerily appropriate and utterly non-advanced song played overhead.

Kerry gripped and grinned as Don Henley's Eagles sang:

"Somebody's gonna hurt someone Before the night is through Somebody's gonna come undone. There's nothin' we can do." As the Massachusetts Senator worked the Southern crowd, the refrain echoed softly:

"There's gonna be a heartache tonight, A heartache tonight, I know. There's gonna be a heartache tonight, I know. Lord, I know."

Indeed, by Tuesday night Kerry's nomination fight had successfully made its way through the one region of the country that had yet to cast its ballots for him.

In the wake of overwhelming Kerry wins in Tennessee and Virginia, Gen. Wesley Clark decided to bow to the Lieutenant — or his campaign, anyway, leaving only two major candidates in contention.

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