[Josh Hawley] I had no inkling really just how conservative he was. I blame myself. — Stanford University professor David Kennedy
[Josh Hawley] I had no inkling really just how conservative he was. I blame myself. — Stanford University professor David Kennedy
Josh Hawley's former academic mentor says he blames himself for helping the senator rise to power
  • Josh Hawley's former academic adviser regrets supporting the senator and helping him achieve his political dreams.
  • "I had no inkling really just how conservative he was," Stanford historian David Kennedy said.
  • Kennedy made the comments in a lengthy Washington Post profile of Hawley.
Stanford University professor David Kennedy, who mentored a college-aged Sen. Josh Hawley, told The Washington Post that he blames himself for helping his former student and boosting his political career.

"I think he is a thoughtful, deeply analytical person," Kennedy told The Post. "What I understand far less well is his particular political evolution. I had no inkling really just how conservative he was. I blame myself."


The professor mentored Hawley and advised him on his thesis about former President Theodore Roosevelt, which was later published as the book "Theodore Roosevelt: Preacher of Righteousness."

"The feeling on my part is that I simply was not paying attention to what he was doing in the arena of student culture where he was moving," Kennedy added.
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