Chuck Hagel made his non-announcement announcement (the “NAA”) on March 12, 2007.
Bob Kerrey said he wouldn’t decide until Hagel decided and if Chuck was in, he was out. Mike Fahey said he wouldn’t decide until Kerrey decided and if Bob was in he was out.
Scott Kleeb said he wouldn’t decide until Fahey decided, and if Mike was in, he was out.
182 days after Hagel’s NAA, Hagel officially decided not to run for reelection to the Senate.
44 days after that – 227 days after the NAA, Kerrey finally decided not to run.
20 days after that – 246 days after the NAA, Fahey finally decided not to run.
So now, 246 days, a full eight months after Chuck Hagel gave the initial “heads up”, it’s all hanging on Scott Kleeb whether or not to run for the U.S. Senate. And what do we hear?
He needs another seven days (253 days since the NAA). Or fourteen (260). Or fifty-six (302). ( Omaha Mayor says no to Senate run – OWH – 11/13/07.)
Now we suppose Kleeb is waiting to see if there’s any chance that the Mike Johanns Juggernaut © will blow up against Jon Bruning.
See, Kleeb and the rest of the Dems think Kleeb, a former ranch-hand and present adjunct History professor who has never held an office of any kind, nor worked in government and currently is working his first “full time” job of teaching class a few times a week, could have a chance against a former Nebraska State Senator, and twice statewide elected Attorney General. And, you know, good luck with that.
Now as we’ve noted here, Kleeb is going full bore raising money for his campaign. What campaign you ask? Maybe he’ll tell you and maybe he won’t. But beyond all that cash he gets from ActBlue, most of which is likely not from Nebraska and he doesn’t have to itemize, he seems to have another great “in-kind” contributor.
Over on the Daily Kos, the pre-eminent blogger of the Left and King of the “Net Roots”, the site’s founder Markos Alberto Moulitsas Zúniga stated that :
“I’ve got polling being conducted in Nebraska right now, so we’ll soon have baseline numbers to gauge the current status of this race. Whatever those numbers might say, I suspect a Kleeb candidacy graduates this one to top-tier status before all’s said and done.”
Kos says that the polling will be released “later this week” and will show, “little difference in the numbers between Fahey and Kleeb”. (I guess we’ll see which apples are compared to what oranges…) But will we see this as an in-kind contribution on the Kleeb FEC report? Most likely not, since this is simple sharing between like minded Libs, right?
But if you’re wondering about the general sanity of “Kos”, look no further than his analysis that Kleeb’s campaign will be a “top-tier” one. That’s right, Markos believes, Johanns-Kleeb would practically be of Lincoln-Douglas, or heck, even Hagel-Nelson proportions. Nebraska pol watchers know better.
Joe Jordan reports on his blog that State Senator Tom White has officially said he won’t run against Lee Terry in 2008. Calling R.J. Brown?
And if you want some real comedy, check out the comments the Kos-sacks have regarding Kleeb’s blue-jeans photo (ex: “Wow, sure, I’ll draft him. What a pic. ;)”). It’s pretty clear they like him for all the right reasons…
Finally, kudos for Robin Tysver of the OWH for her accurate characterization of the Scott Kleeb campaign against Adrian Smith (“spirited”), while being a reporter who will note that Smith WON by ten points. And to quote Kleeb:
“I do think it’s time for a new generation of political leadership here in Nebraska.”
Yes Scott, and the 3rd District voters agreed with you when they elected Smith…