Video: The ad Ashley Judd should run in Tennessee Kentucky

posted at 2:41 pm on February 6, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Is the Ashley Judd for Senate juggernaut really under way?  It seems so; even the Washington Post is handicapping her divorce as a potential signal that she wants to challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell:

This week’s announcement that Ashley Judd and husband Dario Franchitti called it quits after 11 years of marriage had one surprising effect: Proof, claimed some pundits, that the 44-year-old actress is preparing a 2014 race against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

I’m old enough to remember when a fresh divorce signaled that a potential candidate wouldn’t be entering a political race.  Progress!  Speaking of which, American Crossroads isn’t taking any chances.  They rolled out a new web spot today with a relatively modest $10,000 digital ad buy.  They want Kentucky voters to get to know the self-professed “radical” Hollywood celebrity that may or may not soon deign to campaign:

I’m skeptical that Judd plans to run in Kentucky, and so are the Post’s Reliable Source bloggers:

• McConnell isn’t beloved in his home state, but the savvy fifth-term senator has a huge war chest and an established political team on the ground. Judd has never run for elected office.

• Judd hasn’t lived in Kentucky since college; she now calls Tennessee home. (She was a delegate from that state at the 2012 DNC convention.) Aside from reestablishing residency, she’ll face charges of being a carpetbagger. (Not a problem for Hillary Clinton in New York, but a huge factor in Bob Kerrey’s losing bid in Nebraska.)

• She’s a progressive liberal. Kentucky is historically a conservative state. Currently, both senators and five of the six representatives are Republicans.

• She’s an actress best known for her pretty face and hot body. Actors (Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sono Bono, Al Franken)successfully transitioned from showbiz to politics. Actresses (Roseanne Barr and . . .) not so much.

Al Franken won  celebrity Senate bid in my state, but Kentucky ain’t Minnesota.  Franken beat a politically weak Norm Coleman by 312 votes with Barack Obama on the top of the ticket winning by double digits.  Franken also had a few years under his belt in political talk radio.  Kentuckians may not love McConnell, but they’ll hate Judd’s politics, and as a novice she’s not likely to have many skills in either wooing them or hiding her own positions.

In the end, I suspect that we won’t need this ad in 2014 … but that doesn’t make it any less fun now.


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how am i doing?

sesquipedalian on February 6, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Terrible, more shallow than even usual. You are correct at a basic level. All is indefensible. You seek to take the dishonest route. Duly noted. Hard stuff to defend, can’t say that I blame you. Yet there you are.

Bmore on February 6, 2013 at 5:42 PM

You see ses, you on the left always take the easy way out. Lazy like water.

Bmore on February 6, 2013 at 5:44 PM

how am i doing?

sesquipedalian on February 6, 2013 at 5:35 PM

As a useful idiot you’re doing great.

darwin on February 6, 2013 at 5:46 PM

http://hotair.com/archives/2013/02/06/wapo-gallup-wide-support-for-path-to-citizenship-in-immigration-reform/

whither the conservative agenda?

sesquipedalian on February 6, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Still there, which is why Obama and the Dems don’t dare go all-out for amnesty, gun-grabbing or gay marriage.

ddrintn on February 6, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Could somebody explain the rationale behind the “divorce = Senate run” meme on the left? I’m quite confident that Franchitti is more popular among Kentucky voters than Ashley Judd is.

Unless she were dropping upper class IRL Dario Franchitti to start boinking blue collar Nascar Tony Stewart or something… but I expect that would only lower opinions of Tony Stewart.

Gingotts on February 6, 2013 at 5:52 PM

• She’s a progressive liberal. Kentucky is historically a conservative state. Currently, both senators and five of the six representatives are Republicans.

TN is more conservative than KY. We now have GOP Super majorities in both the state House and Senate, not to mention the Governor (who has to tack right due to the state Congress :D).

We’ve not had a ‘rat Senator since Algore…and if it wasn’t for Tennessee NOT voting for him in 2000 (HEH!!!), FL wouldn’t have mattered.

And tho he’s a bit of a RINO, Lamar Alexander is loved in this state, so no, she shouldn’t even consider it here…

ladyingray on February 6, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Franken beat a politically weak Norm Coleman by…

…voter fraud. Yeah, I’m too lazy to check to see if someone already said it on page 1. It bears repeating either way. Voter fraud.

Fallon on February 6, 2013 at 6:28 PM

OT : Grahamnesty wants to place a resolution on the floor commending dear leader on his drone strikes ..

Via politico

Wow

cmsinaz on February 6, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Not as dumb as it looks. One of the big things that helped GW overcome al-Gore was the fact that so many of the libs had to keep their mouths shut for the greater good of keeping Bill Clinton in office. By 2000, they chewed through the duct tape, and weren’t going to be quiet for four more years. Many ended up voting for Nader. The more we remind the kook fringe that they are polishing a turd with 0bama, the more likely we could see the likes of Katrina Vandenheuvel or Amy Goodman running on the Green ticket in 2016.

Sekhmet on February 6, 2013 at 6:40 PM

She has psych problems.

Blake on February 6, 2013 at 6:51 PM

What’s with all the paranoia, panic and hysteria? She hasn’t even announced any intentions.

If they’re running ads based on speculation, maybe she has actually got a good chance.

lester on February 6, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Terrible, more shallow than even usual. You are correct at a basic level. All is indefensible. You seek to take the dishonest route. Duly noted. Hard stuff to defend, can’t say that I blame you. Yet there you are.

Bmore on February 6, 2013 at 5:42 PM

well alas we’ve seen it all before
knights in armour, days for yore
the same old fears and the same old crimes
we haven’t changed since ancient times

sesquipedalian on February 6, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Rove can pump out a hard hitting ad when insider RINO Mitch McConnell needs a hand. However, true conservatives need not apply: American Crossroads has you in their crosshairs!!

vilebody on February 6, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Uh oh! If Crossroads is after you, your chances for winning probably improved!

Way to go, Rover!

Sherman1864 on February 6, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Yet still not one opinion on any of the five links I posted for you. You only fool yourself. Too bad you can’t have an honest discussion about those threads. Found wanting yet again. Of course you are allowed to post here for one simple reason after all. Our amusement. The left is not good at answering the really tough questions and challenges of the day. Very good at increasing those challenges however. The fact that you refuse to take up the questions is telling. many leftists are starting to have the realization that these progressive policies are harmful to them at a personal level. i suspect you are starting to figure this out as well. Enjoy the misery.

Bmore on February 6, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Sorry for the lack of proper capitalization. Unlike you I do not do it purposefully.

Bmore on February 6, 2013 at 7:36 PM

well alas we’ve seen it all before
knights in armour, days for yore
the same old fears and the same old crimes
we haven’t changed since ancient times

sesquipedalian on February 6, 2013 at 6:58 PM

…except now they have something for your constant yeast infections…you don’t have to have your hands constantly at your crotch as often… do you?

KOOLAID2 on February 6, 2013 at 7:41 PM

trollapalooza. on an Ashley Judd thread? Hahahaha, you can’t make this stuff up.

scalleywag on February 6, 2013 at 7:45 PM

You don’t know and are not aware of this, but you are being beaten. It’s almost too easy.

Bmore on February 6, 2013 at 7:48 PM

TN is more conservative than KY. We now have GOP Super majorities in both the state House and Senate, not to mention the Governor (who has to tack right due to the state Congress :D).

We’ve not had a ‘rat Senator since Algore…and if it wasn’t for Tennessee NOT voting for him in 2000 (HEH!!!), FL wouldn’t have mattered.

And tho he’s a bit of a RINO, Lamar Alexander is loved in this state, so no, she shouldn’t even consider it here…

ladyingray on February 6, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Yeppers I was going to post this as well. Tennessee wants her less than Kentucky.

melle1228 on February 6, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Hopefully, she’ll pi$$ away millions of her own dollars and end up doing infomercials a decade from now.

That would be sweet.

M240H on February 6, 2013 at 8:34 PM

how am i doing?

sesquipedalian on February 6, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Not very well.

Haven’t you gotten the talking points for the articles about which you were asked?

Maybe if you sent an urgent plea for help, your masters would tell you what to think. Try that.

Solaratov on February 6, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Wonderful ad.

bluegill on February 6, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Solaratov on February 6, 2013 at 8:38 PM

*grin* ; )

Bmore on February 6, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Ick! I almost stepped in/on it.

Bmore on February 6, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Ashley Judd? Geez Louise!

AnnaS on February 7, 2013 at 2:19 AM

easyt65 on February 6, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Can’t because the left would shove Reagan and Arnie in our faces every time we said an actor wasn’t qualified for office.
Dr. Frank Enstine on February 6, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Reagan has been the only exception….they were right about ‘Arnie’.

easyt65 on February 7, 2013 at 8:05 AM

I wonder if Dario wanted a family. He was dumb if he thought she was going to have anything to do with that kind of archaic thinking.

mojowt on February 7, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Democrats love taking shortcuts. Just look at Hillary–no prior experience in elected office, then U.S. senator and POTUS candidate.

Losers think they deserve to start at the top, with no prior experience.

Christien on February 7, 2013 at 11:39 AM

(…) Ashley is suddenly showing up courtside at the UK basketball games again(…)

rockmom on February 6, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Several years ago we (SC) played Kentucky here, and she was in attendance. When a mother asked for an autograph for her disabled child, she not only refused rudely but immediately demanded security keep everyone away from her seat. I’ve hated her with a passion since. I could give an aviated intercourse what the b-witch does.

ceegardave on February 7, 2013 at 12:13 PM

well alas we’ve seen it all before
knights in armour, days for yore
the same old fears and the same old crimes
we haven’t changed since ancient times

sesquipedalian on February 6, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Exactly.
So why is it you can’t learn from history that the communist AKA socialist way of doing things is destructive to humanity?
If you’re blowing your wad & coming up short, seriously, when’s it time to stop blowing your wad?
I can only surmise you’re profiting from Democratic/Liberal/Progressive policies.
Bcs if you were someone who had lost their business/livelihood/freedom due to big govt one of 2 things would occur:
1. You’d be so pi$$ed you realize you really were for LESS government, like our Founding Fathers
OR
2. You’d remain hopelessly stuck in Stupidville like you are now & continue espousing & defending Wreckers Of The Constitutional Republic

Badger40 on February 7, 2013 at 1:58 PM

I can’t understand what this woman is saying- her face is too puffy, it’s interfering with how she talks.

GrassMudHorsey on February 7, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Because she is so hot I would let her talk occasionally.

HopeHeFails on February 7, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Awesome ad. Romney should have turned these guys loose on the One.

“I..I..I just finished visiting all 57 states.”
Cut to: Mitt Romney knows how many states there are.

Game over.

NoPain on February 8, 2013 at 7:43 AM

Chances are, she’ll win. In case no one noticed we’ve jumped from liberal & into commie

RdLake on February 9, 2013 at 3:50 PM

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