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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portlandon on March 8, 2013 at 3:37 PM

You are assuming all kentuckians love her because of the UK connection. People in Louisville and the ones living on the Ky side near Cincinnati may not be as charmed by her college allegiance…

One doesn’t necessarily translate to a slam dunk win for her… we kentuckians are capable of critical thinking.

Bradky on March 9, 2013 at 7:40 AM

There wouldn’t be an Ashley Judd running if it weren’t for the fact that the senator is such a traitorous weasel.

Panther on March 9, 2013 at 5:29 AM

Who will “primary McConnell”? Proper English is a lost art……

Bradky on March 9, 2013 at 7:43 AM

Destroy this woman. Palinize her.

bluegill on March 9, 2013 at 4:32 AM

I think she’s “Palinized” herself already. There’s no shortage of nutty statements and comments from her … and I seriously doubt she can debate anyone except herself. Like most Hollywood libs, her knowledge base is zero. All she knows is leftist propaganda.

darwin on March 9, 2013 at 7:56 AM

Ashley Judd has admitted to a struggle with severe depression. I wonder how she’s going to handle having her mental stability questioned.

Christina_M on March 8, 2013 at 9:16 PM

I wonder if she’ll bring her “safe place” yoga mat with her to debates and press conferences.

Then, if she gets a difficult question, she can roll out her mat and curl herself up in a fetal position until she feels “safe” again.

AZCoyote on March 9, 2013 at 8:00 AM

I wonder if she’ll bring her “safe place” yoga mat with her to debates and press conferences.

Then, if she gets a difficult question, she can roll out her mat and curl herself up in a fetal position until she feels “safe” again.

AZCoyote on March 9, 2013 at 8:00 AM

She might want to explain why she has a habit of flashing her boobies to reporters. Not really a good trait to have for a Senator.

darwin on March 9, 2013 at 8:10 AM

Not really a good trait to have for a Senator.

darwin on March 9, 2013 at 8:10 AM

Not so sure – could probably work wonders to persuade Senators Vitter and Mendendez to support her bill….

Bradky on March 9, 2013 at 8:14 AM

I really hate the celebrity culture, Ashley Judd included. Vote for me, I am an actress? What is this, high school?

Here is the ad I liked best from a couple weeks ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gK0KQW0ppeE

from American Crossroads.

Fleuries on March 9, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Guessing the full cheeked actress should stay in Hollywood and at the race tracks. Am quite sure she would not have anthing to add to the pathetic Senate, which is run by Harry Reid and the Democrats.

Amazingoly on March 9, 2013 at 10:22 AM

What a joke! Ashley Judd a senator? I think not. The DemocRATS continue to beleive Hollywood’s left-liberal star power has strenghth with voters. Pray tell me, what are her qualifications? A mediocre actress and doesn’t even live in the state……just another carpetbagger. Unfortunately, this one has no substance.

phoebe1 on March 9, 2013 at 11:15 AM

in a word: vapid

long_cat on March 9, 2013 at 11:34 AM

And, her qualifications are………………….?

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

She’s nuts, uninformed, easily manipulated by the left, extreme and very puffy.

All the things one looks for in a liberal candidate for the Senate.

darwin on March 9, 2013 at 11:36 AM

McConnell is going to go down, but Judd could keep that from happening. She would be just as incompetent as a Senator as Obama is as a President. What a joke!

volsense on March 9, 2013 at 11:51 AM

You are assuming all kentuckians love her because of the UK connection. People in Louisville and the ones living on the Ky side near Cincinnati may not be as charmed by her college allegiance…

One doesn’t necessarily translate to a slam dunk win for her… we kentuckians are capable of critical thinking.

Bradky on March 9, 2013 at 7:40 AM

Heh. Good thought there. Any Democrat that wants to win statewide in Kentucky needs to dominate Louisville, and her one connection to the state is something that will dampen enthusiasm with the sort of low-info voters she needs in that city.

The real article should be on trying to primary McConnell. There wouldn’t be an Ashley Judd running if it weren’t for the fact that the senator is such a traitorous weasel.

Panther on March 9, 2013 at 5:29 AM

The greatest part of this is how the Democrats are shooting themselves in the foot beautifully. If discontent really is that high with McConnell, they could conceivably win with a Manchin/Heitkamp Democrat that at least can talk conservative – maybe they’d buck the party on gun issues, but they’d be another seat keeping Reid in control. Instead they’re running the one candidate that will make sure unhappy voters hold their nose just to go out and beat the crazy lady.

Gingotts on March 9, 2013 at 3:52 PM

“Ashley recalls playing with the weapon and loading bullets into the chamber, spinning it, cocking the trigger and holding it to her head.”

At least she has some familiarity with the issues of the NRA and (think “Deer Hunter”) VietNam vets.

J_Crater on March 9, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Rand Paul’s filibuster rant over a straw man issue (no one in the U.S. Govt. is about to kill authentic Americans anywhere with armed drones without provoking an armed uprising) changed the subject from his disastrous votes to confirm both Chuck Hagel and John Kerry, two progressive anti-interventions who think Iran has legitimate elections, and who like Paul have no issue cutting the defense budget. His rant was entertaining performance art, but lacked constitutional substance.

Tripwhipper on March 9, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Why does Ashley look so “pudgy”?
What meds is she on?

Another Drew on March 9, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Rand Paul’s filibuster rant over a straw man issue (no one in the U.S. Govt. is about to kill authentic Americans anywhere with armed drones without provoking an armed uprising) changed the subject from his disastrous votes to confirm both Chuck Hagel and John Kerry, two progressive anti-interventions who think Iran has legitimate elections, and who like Paul have no issue cutting the defense budget.

Tripwhipper on March 9, 2013 at 9:26 PM

The 0bama Administration’s Super-Expensive, Legally Dubious Medicaid Plan, armed drones in America’s sky’s, refusing to assist an American diplomat who requested assistance a week ahead of time, democrat politicians across America trying to disarm Americans contrary to the U.S. Constitution, urban assault vehicles deployed on American streets, hollow tip ammo for Social Security employees, … what more do you need to see in order to understand the members of the Democrat Party are the EXTREMISTS working to TERRORIZE us into submission!

Rand Paul did something NO OTHER REPUBLICAN COULD DO! He made the Government controlled media report the facts.

What have you done lately?

DannoJyd on March 10, 2013 at 4:11 AM

Here is more 0bamaGanda for the GOP faithful:

Dianne Feinstein: ‘Legal to Hunt Humans’

DannoJyd on March 10, 2013 at 4:13 AM

I strongly suspect this appallingly stupid bint is the unfortunate result of an experiment crossbreeding large chipmunks with lobotomized female gibbons. Shave the thing down, slap some lipstick on it, and voila a mewling imbecilic hollywood liberal is created.

What again are this idiot’s qualifications to be a senate member, outside of a propensity to prostitute herself for cash?

GrassMudHorsey on March 10, 2013 at 1:51 PM

@Drew:

“Why does Ashley look so “pudgy”?
What meds is she on?”

Believe that would be distemper medication.

GrassMudHorsey on March 10, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Destroy this woman. Palinize her.

bluegill on March 9, 2013 at 4:32 AM

Jesus wept.

Bushtard Ratf*cks like you are the kind of people who could turn Judd into a martyr and hand her a Senate Seat. I bet you’d blow a campaign against Hitler if you tried real hard.

Just go away and play with your Pretend Mitt Romney Cabinet Picks, okay? Leave elective politics to us Reagan people. Your crowd has done enough damage for one century.

victor82 on March 10, 2013 at 3:01 PM

I guess since her career has gone south, she needs another outlet to remain in the limelight. She has as many qualifications to run as I do.

theaddora on March 10, 2013 at 7:08 PM

I’m at a loss here. How can a woman who claims to live in Tennessee run for office in Kentucky?

Is she Hillary Clinton or something?

unclesmrgol on March 10, 2013 at 11:30 PM

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