Tag Archive: Yale on the Trail: Scott Kleeb

  1. Gaddis: ‘It sounds kind of bleak’

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    By Andrew Mangino

    OMAHA, Neb., 1:30 p.m. — I spoke to John Lewis Gaddis, the Robert A. Lovett Professor of Military & Naval History and one of Scott Kleeb’s GRD ’06 chief inspirations for entering politics, by telephone last night.

    How does the so-called dean of Cold War historians, who donated several thousand dollars to Nebraskans for Kleeb, feel the night before his former head TA faces election day in his bid for the United States Senate?

    “Well, obviously I wish him the very best. It sounds kind of bleak, though. From the “little bit that I read,” Gaddis added, “he doesn’t seem to be getting as much national coverage as he got running for the House two years ago.”

    But is this the end? No, the professor said. “He has a future at some point. He’s a natural. But this may not be the time.”

  2. Kleeb: ‘Hipster’, ‘Fantastic’ or Just Anti-Comatose?

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    By Andrew Mangino

    OMAHA, Neb., 12:47 p.m. — Ryan the Angry Midget put it bluntly in his prediction post: “Democrat Scott Kleeb gets clubbed by Mike Johanns.”

    Just travel several miles west in the blogosphere and you’ll encounter Booman of the Booman Tribune. In his words, Kleeb is a “fantastic and attractive” candidate. “I don’t have any recent polling,” he writes, “but I can’t rule out a Kleeb stunner.”

    But another blog — “Leavenworth Street – The Talk of Nebraska Politics” — wasn’t as kind. In exploring who will succeed Chuck Hagel, “Street Sweeper” put Mike Johanns’ odds at 1:150 — and Kleeb’s at, well, 150:1. “The Kleeb camp is crowing right now that they have internal polling that shows them neck-and-neck with Johanns,” he writes, “Riiiiiiiight.”

    It’s the chorus of blogosphere predictions — a new staple of democracy in America. And this morning, I spent some time — frankly, I’m not sure why — finding the gems. Indeed, there are some. Some.