Report: Sure looks like Ashley Judd’s getting ready to run for Senate in Kentucky

posted at 2:07 pm on March 8, 2013 by Allahpundit

In fairness, it’s not the worst play Democrats could make. McConnell’s not terribly well liked at home: Three of his five Senate wins have been with 53 percent of the vote or less. Maybe a movie star with major name recognition can capitalize. On the other hand, in a presidential election off-year and with Rand Paul solidly behind him, he’s likely to be formidable in 2014. (McConnell’s been shrewd about ingratiating himself with Paul since opposing him in the 2010 primary. He hired Rand’s former campaign manager as a top advisor to his own reelection campaign and approved Rand’s filibuster in advance before speaking on the floor in support on Wednesday night.) If the Democratic nominee’s bound to be an even longer longshot in usual, why not give Judd a shot to make a splash? Low risk, high reward.

“At least in Ashley’s mind, it is happening,” said the insider. “She has devoted herself to many important causes and stepped away from the Hollywood spotlight so this seems like the logical next step. I don’t know if she will be successful, but her heart is in the right place.”

Judd, 44, has reportedly been meeting with well-financed Democratic donors, and last week ventured to Washington D.C for more public engagements.According to Don Peebles, Chairman and CEO of The Peebles Corporation, a member of President Obama’s National Finance Committee, and Vice-Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, a Judd run is likely much more than a Hollywood fantasy.

“There looks to be a lot of noise around her running and she’s been active in commenting on politics of the day so it is certainly possible,” he said. “Senate Minority Leader McConnell’s approval ratings are low, and a lot of reports show that he is vulnerable to a challenge. While Kentucky leans right, it is not as conservative as most of its neighbors and the voters of Kentucky may be looking to send a message that they don’t feel fairly represented by Minority Leader McConnell.”

How do you defeat her? This idea from Dan McLaughlin is a brilliant start:

That’s an easy question for a polished pol, especially the sort of Blue Dog that Kentucky Democrats would normally nominate. Just babble some talking points about how the party has done a poor job communicating with Kentuckians, that its pro-middle-class agenda should be a natural fit for a proudly populist blue-collar state, etc. Pandering’s an easy skill to learn and I’m sure Judd will learn it — somewhat. Eventually. At the moment, though, if you’ve ever watched her speak, you know that she’s much more comfortable with the activist’s over-the-top moral indignation at the evildoers standing in the way of her agenda than with the candidate’s carefully measured criticism of the loyal opposition that happens to dominate the state he/she is running in. That’s how mountaintop coal removal magically turns into rape. If Dan’s question were put to her today, I think she’d be smart enough to at least blame Mitt Romney’s Satanic campaign of lies and greed and patriarchy for having duped the poor voters of Kentucky rather than blame Kentuckians themselves, but I don’t know. She’s enough of a loose cannon that there’s at least some doubt. Which is why this campaign’s bound to be fun, no matter how it ends.

Speaking of which, go read the joke campaign e-mail that the NRSC’s cooked up for her.


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Her face is too puffy.

John the Libertarian on March 8, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Laughable.

SC.Charlie on March 8, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Is she the fat one?

slickwillie2001 on March 8, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Hell, why not?

Imbeciles, ignoramuses and actors are the voice of America, now.

Right, Stuart Smalley?

Right, Mr. President?

OhEssYouCowboys on March 8, 2013 at 2:11 PM

“Breeding”…

d1carter on March 8, 2013 at 2:11 PM

She’s better looking than Al Franken and just as funny so I bet she has a shot.

Lily on March 8, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Is she the fat one?

slickwillie2001 on March 8, 2013 at 2:09 PM

No, just her face and her mouth..

melle1228 on March 8, 2013 at 2:13 PM

I’m lookin’ for Snoop Dog and Eminem to lead America into the future, too.

Be faithful, Comrades, the failure of America is near – and then we have Utopia!

OhEssYouCowboys on March 8, 2013 at 2:14 PM

And, her qualifications are………………….?

SC.Charlie on March 8, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Is she the fat one?

No that is her 1/2 sister Wynonna.
L

letget on March 8, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Her grandma even put her down.

Blake on March 8, 2013 at 2:18 PM

“Celebrity” rules the day. Might was well move the White House & Capitol to Hollywood.

Hey, it’s only a matter of time before Dennis Rodman runs for Senate in whatever state he’s living in. After all, he’s now got foreign policy cred after rubbing elbows with Kim.

Bitter Clinger on March 8, 2013 at 2:18 PM

And, her qualifications are………………….?
SC.Charlie on March 8, 2013 at 2:15 PM

She’s a Democrat? She’ll probably win.

happytobehere on March 8, 2013 at 2:18 PM

This is a true test for the sanity of the American electorate. Say what you will about Mitch McConnell, but there is no excuse whatsoever for the people of a deep red state like Kentucky to elect the likes of Ashley Judd over him. If you read the quotes that have come out of this woman’s mouth, she is borderline certifiable. I don’t mean ultraliberal(I can handle that). She’s nutz.

If she pulls this one out and McConnell doesn’t make any Achin-esque mistakes, then stick a fork in America cuz she’s done.

Doughboy on March 8, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Senator Stuart Smalley.

portlandon on March 8, 2013 at 2:20 PM

I don’t feel good about it. Never underestimate our ability to lose (Indiana, Missouri)

El_Terrible on March 8, 2013 at 2:20 PM

This is a true test for the sanity of the American electorate. Say what you will about Mitch McConnell, but there is no excuse whatsoever for the people of a deep red state like Kentucky to elect the likes of Ashley Judd over him. If you read the quotes that have come out of this woman’s mouth, she is borderline certifiable. I don’t mean ultraliberal(I can handle that). She’s nutz.

If she pulls this one out and McConnell doesn’t make any Achin-esque mistakes, then stick a fork in America cuz she’s done.

Doughboy on March 8, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Well and the McConnell campaign shouldn’t have any problem if they are competent. I mean the woman compared coal mining to rape. That should take care of the Appalachian voters..

melle1228 on March 8, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Puffy Face vs Yertle the Turtle, should be entertaining.

clearbluesky on March 8, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Maybe I’ll tweet Dan McLaughlin’s question to Ashley. Heh.

22044 on March 8, 2013 at 2:23 PM

This is a true test for the sanity of the American electorate.

Doughboy on March 8, 2013 at 2:19 PM

That’s not a test I’m comfortable with right now.

WisCon on March 8, 2013 at 2:23 PM

I’m going to go waaaaay out an a limb here, and say that if you oppose her, you hate women.

Ben Hur on March 8, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Speaking of which, go read the joke campaign e-mail that the NRSC’s cooked up for her.

“Go Vols!” — ouch! ;-)

According to Don Peebles, Chairman and CEO of The Peebles Corporation, a member of President Obama’s National Finance Committee, and Vice-Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation…

Oh, yeah … I’m sure he knows the mind of the average Tennesseean Kentuckian!

“There looks to be a lot of noise around her running and she’s been active in commenting on politics of the day so it is certainly possible,” he said.

Sounds like she’s every bit as qualified as Obama!

KS Rex on March 8, 2013 at 2:24 PM

WOO HOO! She’s running!

Let’s now watch her campaign crash and burn like a 100 MPH gasoline transport truck accident.

Her Hollywood and corporate liberal pals will spend MILLIONS helping her campaign and every dollar spent will be a dollar thrown away.

But it’s gonna’ be FUN watching her sell her hippy-dippy, progressive, liberal looney-tune vision of America to the good folks of Kentucky!

Opposite Day on March 8, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Fingers crossed. Warning, frontal nudity. Though not much. ; )

Bmore on March 8, 2013 at 2:25 PM

And, her qualifications are………………….?
SC.Charlie on March 8, 2013 at 2:15 PM

She’s not Mitch, that’s an instant 25% of the vote. That said, why have we not heard about anyone primarying the senate minority leader?

nobar on March 8, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Good, if she does. Her crazy will be great entertainment.

Still don’t buy her running, though.

Moesart on March 8, 2013 at 2:26 PM

How to turn a hot chick ugly in 5 seconds.

Red Cloud on March 8, 2013 at 2:26 PM

I thought this chipmunk was wintering in Scotland. She must have time on her hands since her husband left her.

Philly on March 8, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Bad: People of Kentucky have a marginal chance of being represented by a complete dolt.

Good: We are about to see a lot of naked Ashley Judd in the course of her campaign.

Archivarix on March 8, 2013 at 2:26 PM

You have to admit when Todd Akin gets pilloried for his comments and the Colorado dems don’t for their piss and vomit suggestions to avoid rape nothing’s a sure thing anymore

DanMan on March 8, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Someone else here (I don’t remember who) mentioned this quote by her, and I turned it into campaign slogan.

ASHLEY JUDD for US Senate

Thank God she didn’t breed

listens2glenn on March 8, 2013 at 2:27 PM

She will have public enemy number one-the media-on her side to assist, massage,cover up for her and demonize McConnell.
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They will be very influential on the low-info ,dimwitted Julias even in red state Kentucky.
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Their influence makes her the favorite.
Idiocracy has arrived.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on March 8, 2013 at 2:27 PM

That’s not a test I’m comfortable with right now.
WisCon on March 8, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Agreed. There is no such thing as a “deep red state” anymore. If she talks about oppression and promises punishment for the oppressors she’ll win election, fat face or not.

happytobehere on March 8, 2013 at 2:28 PM

If Ashley Judd wins this..America is really done. Pop culture crossed over into the political when Obama first took the national stage

Voters are stupid or Obama would have never won.

Redford on March 8, 2013 at 2:29 PM

“She has devoted herself to many important causes and stepped away from the Hollywood spotlight so this seems like the logical next step.

I bet it is debatable as to who stepped away from who. She’s getting a bit long in the tooth to be viable at the box office without an Oscar.

Cindy Munford on March 8, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Wait til all her nudie shots are tweeted in the universe. There’s plenty of ‘em and that will give her the gravitas she needs for the senate\\\\\\\\

NJ Red on March 8, 2013 at 2:29 PM

I don’t feel good about it. Never underestimate our ability to lose (Indiana, Missouri)

El_Terrible on March 8, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Well, Kentucky is even redder than those states. And Mitch McConnell is no Tea Party unknown like Mourdock or Democrat-funded patsy like Achin. Dude’s the freaking Senate Minority Leader. Remember, if the GOP picks up 6 or more seats in 2014, he replaces Harry Reid as the leader of the Senate(I hope they mention that repeatedly in the campaign). If Kentucky hands this seat to Judd, they’re begging to be punished by the Democrats.

Doughboy on March 8, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Ben Hur on March 8, 2013 at 2:24 PM

And you’re like a rapist.

Cindy Munford on March 8, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Fingers crossed. Warning, frontal nudity. Though not much. ; )

Bmore on March 8, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Harry Reid: “Thirty years too old for me. Will she take candy?”

Archivarix on March 8, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Who doesn’t want more psycho chicks in the senate?

@AsalamaTweetum

Opinionnation on March 8, 2013 at 2:31 PM

and I will wake up tomorrow to read SNOOKI is running for Governor of New Jersey….why not, this country is so frickin’ stupid anymore they will probably elect this know nothing bimbo from Hollyweird the way things are going!

SDarchitect on March 8, 2013 at 2:31 PM

She could win, she’s got nothing else to do but campaign. It’s not like the movie offers are pouring in. It takes no special talent to be a Hollywood actress these days, she’s proven that. Why not prove you don’t need to be a talented politician to win an election? You know, like the president did.

scalleywag on March 8, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Her problem is that she picked up a nasty habit from her ex-husband: always turning to the left.

RSbrewer on March 8, 2013 at 2:31 PM

2014… An off year election with low voter turnout and a Hollywood star running? I wonder if her fan base would actually show up and swamp the polls, or would the more dedicated voters show up in greater numbers?

sharrukin on March 8, 2013 at 2:31 PM

A stupid, uninformed, and puffy-faced Hollywood lib running in Kentucky of all places. This should be an easy win, even for Mitch. Hell, Franken had to cheat to eke out a win in Minnesota, for crying out loud…so star power isn’t everything.

Of course, we could screw it up by primarying Mitch and replacing him with a Sharon Angle or a Chistine O’Donnell type. That’d be about par for the course, wouldn’t it?

DRayRaven on March 8, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Is she an Injun?

Schadenfreude on March 8, 2013 at 2:32 PM

and I will wake up tomorrow to read SNOOKI is running for Governor of New Jersey….why not, this country is so frickin’ stupid anymore they will probably elect this know nothing bimbo from Hollyweird the way things are going!

SDarchitect on March 8, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Hey, don’t knock the girl! The way our state was run under McGreevey and Corzine, Snooki would be a major improvement. By the way, she’s a Republican. :)

Archivarix on March 8, 2013 at 2:33 PM

2014… An off year election with low voter turnout and a Hollywood star running? I wonder if her fan base would actually show up and swamp the polls, or would the more dedicated voters show up in greater numbers?

sharrukin on March 8, 2013 at 2:31 PM

What fans? What’s the last hit this woman has had?

Doughboy on March 8, 2013 at 2:33 PM

And you’re like a rapist.

Cindy Munford on March 8, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Racist, homophobe, sexist, rapist.. thank you very much. :)

melle1228 on March 8, 2013 at 2:33 PM

one event where she screams like Hillary ought to do her in though.

I don’t think Kentuckians are that dumb, they didn’t get derailed by the Aqua Buddha mess and look what they (and us too) got

DanMan on March 8, 2013 at 2:33 PM

The pubbbies run former Supreme Court clerks (Cruz, Lee) and the democrats run a loud mouthed hollywood gal.(just because she attends UK basketball games) And we’re the crazy ones???

Mind is boggled

bluealice on March 8, 2013 at 2:34 PM

COAL is ICKY! Vote JUDD 2014!

HUMAN BABIES are ICKY! Vote JUDD 2014!

REPUBLICANS are ICKY! Vote JUDD 2014!

Pork-Chop on March 8, 2013 at 2:35 PM

What fans? What’s the last hit this woman has had?

Doughboy on March 8, 2013 at 2:33 PM

I don’t watch a lot of TV so I couldn’t tell you, but she obviously attracts attention even if for the wrong reasons.

I mean, what fans did Al Franken have?

sharrukin on March 8, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Look, we already have Barbara Mikulski. Do we really need another fat girl in the Senate?

But I think Judd will run – she certainly isn’t being buried with offers for new film projects (except for maybe by Greenpeace, and they only pay scale).

Adjoran on March 8, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Can you imagine her speaking for 13 hours? Yah, me neither.

can_con on March 8, 2013 at 2:38 PM

“At least in Ashley’s mind, it is happening,” said the insider.

Funny.

LASue on March 8, 2013 at 2:38 PM

I hope she’s as successful as her TV career and marriage.

Wagthatdog on March 8, 2013 at 2:38 PM

I mean, what fans did Al Franken have?

sharrukin on March 8, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Look: he was good enough for Minnesota, he was smart enough for Minnesota, and – gosh darn it – people in Minnesota like him.

Adjoran on March 8, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Is the country ready for a wealthy, no nothing, radical, hysterical puffy Senator from Kentucky who lives in Tennessee?

Yes, I think so.

Senator Puffy will ensure that the United States of America will not be around for long.

darwin on March 8, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Can you imagine her speaking for 13 hours? Yah, me neither.

can_con on March 8, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Umm, and like I really like Obama, and he is cool.. And yeah like those Republicans have a war on women. Women should not be objects. I mean I know I like did all those movies where I was naked, but I didn’t mean it.

And on and on and on and on..

melle1228 on March 8, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Well, it happened in Minnesota with that clown Franken. I somehow don’t think Kentuckians will be that frivolous with their votes, much as I’d like to see McConnell defeated. She doesn’t even live in the state.

rickv404 on March 8, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Is the country ready for a wealthy, no know nothing, radical, hysterical puffy Senator from Kentucky who lives in Tennessee?

darwin on March 8, 2013 at 2:39 PM

darwin on March 8, 2013 at 2:40 PM

What’s wrong with your FAACCCE!

mudskipper on March 8, 2013 at 2:40 PM

“Senator Puffy”

The end is near.

darwin on March 8, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Can you imagine her speaking for 13 hours? Yah, me neither.

can_con on March 8, 2013 at 2:38 PM

I’ll grant Ashley Judd that – if I am forced to watch someone speak in Mother Nature’s costume for 13 hours in a row, I’ll pick her over Rand Paul any day.

Archivarix on March 8, 2013 at 2:42 PM

It’s only a matter of time before the qualifications of the Real Housewives of Orange County, Beverly Hills, Atlanta and New Jersey come to the forefront, and America can have some real leadership.

Be strong, Comrades.

Patience.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 8, 2013 at 2:42 PM

It seems to me that this is a way to keep the #WaronWomen going rather than a genuine attempt to win a seat.

earlgrey133 on March 8, 2013 at 2:43 PM

I can’t even name a good movie she’s been in, that’s how successful she’s been in Hollywood. Now she’s just some bored liberal ex-housewife screaming for attention and decides to get it by threatening a run for the senate. I’ll bet she’ll be great at writing legislation. / The sad thing is that this country doesn’t demand much of their legislators anymore. It’s enough that they have deep pockets, apparently. Good grief.

scalleywag on March 8, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Or, we could steal a page from their playbook!

Recruit Snooki (Nicole Polizzi) to run for the Senate seat that is currently held by Frank Lautenberg.

The ultimate reality show …

RedPepper on March 8, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Don’t get cocky – I also didn’t think that Murdoch or Akin had a chance in Lucifer’s lair of getting beat. And yet they were. Now I’ll concede that Mitch is no unseasoned pol, but I wouldn’t treat her running as a joke just yet. At least not until she makes it one.

volnation on March 8, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Is the country ready for a wealthy, no know nothing, radical, hysterical puffy Senator from Kentucky who lives in Tennessee?

darwin on March 8, 2013 at 2:39 PM

darwin on March 8, 2013 at 2:40 PM

We don’t want her either. We have enough problems with Corker.. signed a Tenn. voter.

melle1228 on March 8, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Or, we could steal a page from their playbook!

Recruit Snooki (Nicole Polizzi) to run for the Senate seat that is currently held by Frank Lautenberg.

The ultimate reality show …

If elected, it might even pull up the popularity ratings of the Senate. C-SPAN could get a lot more viewers.

hawkeye54 on March 8, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Democrats are years ahead of the GOP when it comes to messaging.

I’m not a Kentuckian but I feel like she’s already the favorite simply due to the current relationship between the media and the people.

We saw with Romney that a big polling advantage can be lost in a week with the right commercials and “messaging”.

hisfrogness on March 8, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Bless her little puffy self. What else is there to do when your career is over?

avagreen on March 8, 2013 at 2:46 PM

I don’t watch a lot of TV so I couldn’t tell you, but she obviously attracts attention even if for the wrong reasons.

I mean, what fans did Al Franken have?

sharrukin on March 8, 2013 at 2:37 PM

But Al Franken had hosted a political show on the radio. He’d written best-selling political books. He was obviously still best known to the public as Stuart Smalley(or that drunk baggage handler in Trading Places), but he wasn’t someone with zero background in politics trying to transition into that arena.

And let’s not forget the biggest factor of all in Franken’s favor. He sought a Senate seat in a blue state in a banner year for Democrats against an incumbent who arguably only won his seat in the first place because his predecessor die tragically right before the previous election. And despite all this, Franken still technically lost the race until vote-counting shenanigans handed him a narrow win.

Doughboy on March 8, 2013 at 2:47 PM

darwin on March 8, 2013 at 2:40 PM

They seem okay with those traits in the president from Chicago.

Cindy Munford on March 8, 2013 at 2:48 PM

For a good time, ask her about drone policy. Or the Bush Doctrine. Or her goals in the House of Senators.

LetsBfrank on March 8, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Shoulda read the comments more carefully before I posted.

My God, it’s already snowballing into a movement

RedPepper on March 8, 2013 at 2:51 PM

I am waiting for the inevitable “We saw your boobs” parody.

msmveritas on March 8, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Doughboy on March 8, 2013 at 2:47 PM

I suspect you are probably right, but this last election wasn’t a good year for Republicans and a lot of the base are unhappy with the GOP, and Mitch McConnell certainly is a feature of the GOP. They may not show up as a great number of them didn’t show up for Romney. Like it or not Hollywood glitz does sway a lot of people.

sharrukin on March 8, 2013 at 2:55 PM

I can’t even name a good movie she’s been in, that’s how successful she’s been in Hollywood.

scalleywag on March 8, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Her career’s in the toilet now since she has the misfortune of being a Hollywood actress of average talent in her mid-40s. But she did make some decent movies back in the day. Heat was a badass flick and I kinda liked A Time to Kill. Of course those came out within less than a year of each other, so it does seem like most of her filmography is full of crappy movies.

Doughboy on March 8, 2013 at 2:57 PM

She’s better looking than Al Franken and just as funny so I bet she has a shot.

Lily on March 8, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Kentucky is not the Peoples Republik of Minnesota. Heck, in the Land of 10,000 Loons, Ed Morrissey is viewed as a right wing extremist.

bw222 on March 8, 2013 at 2:57 PM

… right after she winds up her big, fat divorce

dpduq on March 8, 2013 at 2:59 PM

“At least in Ashley’s mind, it is happening,”

I can’t imaging the things going on in her mind.

Find your pig, baby. Find. Your. Pig.

BacaDog on March 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM

We don’t want her either. We have enough problems with Corker.. signed a Tenn. voter.

melle1228 on March 8, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Alexander is even worse than Corker.

bw222 on March 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM

For a good time, ask her about drone policy. Or the Bush Doctrine. Or her goals in the House of Senators.

LetsBfrank on March 8, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Hell, keep it simple.

What are you reading these days, Ashley?

BacaDog on March 8, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Democrats are years ahead of the GOP when it comes to messaging.

I’m not a Kentuckian but I feel like she’s already the favorite simply due to the current relationship between the media and the people.

We saw with Romney that a big polling advantage can be lost in a week with the right commercials and “messaging”.

hisfrogness on March 8, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Yeah, but states like Kentucky are worlds away from states like Illinois and even swing states like Ohio. Judd has said some pretty strong stuff against Christianity, traditional families, pro-lifers and coal mining. These are all things that are still important to Kentuckians. With the exception of a few big cities, the south is still a bastion of tradion. Judd “despite being from Kentucky” is a Hollywood outsider.” That is going to count against her.

melle1228 on March 8, 2013 at 3:01 PM

I’ll grant Ashley Judd that – if I am forced to watch someone speak in Mother Nature’s costume for 13 hours in a row, I’ll pick her over Rand Paul any day.

Archivarix on March 8, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Seriously, she’s not that hot any more. Ashley Judd has not aged well.

bw222 on March 8, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Alexander is even worse than Corker.

bw222 on March 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Shhh, don’t remind me. I am just so happy that Blackburn is my rep.

melle1228 on March 8, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Someone needs to start looking for her skeletons now. Bet she has some interesting stuff in her closet.

scgas on March 8, 2013 at 3:04 PM

And let’s not forget the biggest factor of all in Franken’s favor. He sought a Senate seat in a blue state in a banner year for Democrats against an incumbent who arguably only won his seat in the first place because his predecessor die tragically right before the previous election. And despite all this, Franken still technically lost the race until vote-counting shenanigans handed him a narrow win.

Doughboy on March 8, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Yep.. Franken won in a deep blue state in a recount in a year where Obama was at the top of the ticket. Much different from 2014 – six year itch election year – in a deep red state with a D-list actress who is a dolt. Plus, McConnell is an old hand and is burnishing up his credentials on the right. Cultivating Rand Paul as an ally has been a shrewd move on McConnell’s part.

Her career’s in the toilet now since she has the misfortune of being a Hollywood actress of average talent in her mid-40s. But she did make some decent movies back in the day. Heat was a badass flick and I kinda liked A Time to Kill. Of course those came out within less than a year of each other, so it does seem like most of her filmography is full of crappy movies.

Doughboy on March 8, 2013 at 2:57 PM

She doesn’t have any talent.

Illinidiva on March 8, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Well, Kentucky is even redder than those states. And Mitch McConnell is no Tea Party unknown like Mourdock or Democrat-funded patsy like Achin. Dude’s the freaking Senate Minority Leader. Remember, if the GOP picks up 6 or more seats in 2014, he replaces Harry Reid as the leader of the Senate(I hope they mention that repeatedly in the campaign). If Kentucky hands this seat to Judd, they’re begging to be punished by the Democrats.

Doughboy on March 8, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Tom Daschle tried the “If I win I will be Senate Majority Leader” pitch in SD in 2004 and it failed miserably.

Republican voters are turned off by politicians telling them how important their election is to ensure their state gets benefits based on how much sway they have in DC.

weaselyone on March 8, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Seriously, she’s not that hot any more. Ashley Judd has not aged well.

Was she ever “Hot”? That’s a term I really never associated with Judd.

She certainly seems to have soured in her disposition, perhaps due to her political leanings.

hawkeye54 on March 8, 2013 at 3:09 PM

If she gets elected she can wear a little girl school dress, put a diaper and baby shoes on and speak a foreign language. She’ll be an instant shoe-in for a high level position on the senate foreign relations committee.

acyl72 on March 8, 2013 at 3:11 PM

She doesn’t have any talent.

Illinidiva on March 8, 2013 at 3:05 PM

I heard she was really good in Ruby in Paradise which was her first starring role(it came out 20 years ago). It was a little indie flick that hardly anyone saw, but it did get some brief Oscar buzz. The problem is after Heat and A Time to Kill(and a bizarre deleted scene in Natural Born Killers), she decided to do a lot of crappy thrillers like Kiss the Girls and Double Jeopardy. They made money, but she wasn’t particularly good in any of them. And her career’s gone downhill ever since.

Doughboy on March 8, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Too bad she’s not running against McCain.

JellyToast on March 8, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Ashley Explained: she spent time in a mental institution where she ate Cocoa Puffs three times a day.

BHO Jonestown on March 8, 2013 at 3:16 PM

I’ve also been sadly aware of the asymmetry of gender power in the US military, and I thought I knew how commonly our servicewoman are harassed, exploited, degraded, controlled or otherwise have their sexual autonomy, bodily integrity, and rights egregiously abused by our servicemen. For example, I am familiar with the habit of many servicewoman of not taking fluids after a certain hour, as they need to avoid urinating – sexual assault is so common in the bathrooms they prefer to risk dehydration in Iraq or Afghanistan rather than go for a pee. However, in preparing for “Five More” for Lifetime, a series of five shorts about mental illness, my narrative being the fifth and about PTSD, I am shocked – a word I use neither lightly nor often – at the wholesale, rampant, extraordinary, and inexcusable epidemic of what can only be called systemic and mass rape in the US military.

A peak into Ashley’s skull.

http://www.ashleyjudd.com

LetsBfrank on March 8, 2013 at 3:20 PM

I’d hit it…

Polish Rifle on March 8, 2013 at 3:22 PM

And this, folks is why I can’t be an atheist. The evidence for Deity is so overwhelming.

The Dems got where they are in a large part by polarizing the elitist snob city libs against those booji suburbanites. Ashley Judd is a perfect poster child for the sneering, selfish, snobbish, dismissive urbanite who thinks dragging a few dollars through a trailer park will substitute for representing the people of Kentucky.

She will remind the 2014 electorate how the Left has written them off.

Sekhmet on March 8, 2013 at 3:24 PM

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