Democrats reconsidering Ashley Judd for Senate?

posted at 7:06 pm on March 11, 2013 by Allahpundit

I said on Friday that she’s low risk and high reward, which is true — if all you’re looking at it is beating Mitch McConnell. That’s unlikely to happen even with a strong nominee so why not roll the dice on a celebrity? The caveat, though, is that Judd’s enough of a loose cannon that she might end up hurting other Democratic candidates across the state. And although Kentucky is reliably red in presidential and Senate elections (apart from voting twice for Clinton, it’s gone GOP since 1980), that’s not the case for other statewide offices. Apart from one four-year stretch in the last decade, the state’s been governed by Democrats since 1971. Steve Beshear, the current governor, is term-limited so the seat will be open again in 2015. If Judd acts a bit too … Judd-like on the trail, that might hang over the gubernatorial race and suddenly the state party’s locked out of power across the board for the next several years.

Second look at not nominating a hard-left liberal in a conservative-leaning southern state?

LEO Weekly has learned from multiple Democratic sources that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is now applying the brakes to their once all-in support of Ashley Judd as the challenger of choice against Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014. While not ready to abandon Judd, they are now taking a serious second look at recruiting Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

The change of heart came after a recent poll the DSCC conducted, but not because it showed Judd was incapable of competing with McConnell, rather that Grimes performed better than Judd and gave Democrats the best chance at victory.

As late as last week, the wheels were already very much in motion at the DSCC in planning a Judd Senate candidacy. While those plans have not been scrapped, there is definitely a re-evaluation happening.

Grimes got elected secretary of state two years ago at the age of 32. The question is why she’d want to gamble on trying to defeat McConnell, who’ll have the Republican establishment and, via Rand Paul, the tea party behind him next year, when she could pass and run for the more Democrat-friendly position of governor in 2015 instead. One theory, I guess, is that she could use the McConnell race as a stepping-stone to governor. If she runs and upsets him, great — she’s a senator. If she runs and loses but gives him a tough fight, great — she’s boosted her name recognition tremendously and is now better positioned to win the governor’s seat in two years. (That’s sort of what Mitt Romney did in Massachusetts, albeit with a much greater financial advantage.) Whether she has the energy and fundraising chops to run two major races in three years is iffy, though. And if she’s already polling better than Judd in internal Democratic polls then her name recognition must be fairly good. Hard to see why she’d want to do this unless she’s convinced that McConnell really can be beaten. It’s also hard to see why the DSCC would spend huge sums trying to take him out. His seat’s a giant prize but they have a bunch of defensive battles to fight in red states next year. Why bet big on beating a five-term incumbent in a presidential off-year when you can use the money to protect vulnerable swing-state Dems instead?

Meanwhile, as Grimes plots her political future, another Ashley Judd bon mot has come to light. Good luck, Democrats. Exit question: “Stand with Rand and Mitch“?!


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Since Al Franken won a Senate Seat, nothing surprises me, or thought of as impossible.

portlandon on March 11, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Maybe someone took a look at youtube. Plenty of nutty comments and boob flashing from the puffy one.

darwin on March 11, 2013 at 7:09 PM

I’ll ask again, where the hell are the primary challengers? Someone must want to run against Mitch (other than the dems).

nobar on March 11, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Oh, please let her run….please.

Maybe someone took a look at youtube. Plenty of nutty comments and boob flashing from the puffy one.

Well, it would be a downer for a conservative Republican. For a whacked out far leftist, not so much.

hawkeye54 on March 11, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Nice *** on that Senator. Nice rack, too.

/Lechery in Washington DC, which is already legion, just got a metaphorical Viagra boost

Paul-Cincy on March 11, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Speaking of nutty comments: In 2010, Ashley Judd accused Apple customers of ‘financing mass rape’

I think I’ll send money to get her campaign started.

darwin on March 11, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Exit question: “Stand with Rand and Mitch“?!

Beats the heII out of standing with Judd and Rand. Of course there are those two little reasons to support Judd.

Bmore on March 11, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Nice *** on that Senator. Nice rack, too.

/Lechery in Washington DC, which is already legion, just got a metaphorical Vi*gra boost

Paul-Cincy on March 11, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Come on I hope Judd runs, her ego REQUIRES her running and getting beat. What a loon she is.

Raquel Pinkbullet on March 11, 2013 at 7:17 PM

The change of heart came after a recent poll the DSCC conducted, but not because it showed Judd was incapable of competing with McConnell, rather that Grimes performed better than Judd and gave Democrats the best chance at victory.

Good excuse to pull Judd out before she implodes and accuses everyone of rape.

darwin on March 11, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Nothing shocks me anymore. Americans are lazy and uninformed enough to elect anything, and the current occupants of the White House are proof of that.

Philly on March 11, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Since Al Franken won stole a Senate Seat, nothing surprises me, or thought of as impossible.

portlandon on March 11, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Got to be factual.

bgibbs1000 on March 11, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Why in the world are we dumping this incredible Ashley Judd dirt now?

msmveritas on March 11, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Since Al Franken won a Senate Seat, nothing surprises me, or thought of as impossible.

portlandon on March 11, 2013 at 7:08 PM

To be fair that happened in MN. Heck the MN state bird is the “loon.” Tells you all you need to know about the voters there.

Raquel Pinkbullet on March 11, 2013 at 7:21 PM

You said it, Allah’Damn !

listens2glenn on March 11, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Americans are lazy and uninformed enough to elect anything, and the current occupants of the White House are proof of that.

Uninformed thanks to lack of having had a real education and a real media that would expose the corruption and crime from the WH instead of ignoring and covering it up with lies.

hawkeye54 on March 11, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Got to be factual.

bgibbs1000 on March 11, 2013 at 7:19 PM

You know the rules, when running against a Democrat, you have to win outside the margin of fraud.

Raquel Pinkbullet on March 11, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Since Al Franken won a Senate Seat, nothing surprises me, or thought of as impossible.

portlandon on March 11, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Seriously, I lmao when I heard Angry Al was stepping up to the plate…Granted Minnesota isn’t a bastion of conservative government but I at least figured they had some common sense.

..alas.

But then again, I REALLY lmao when I heard tHe JEF was picking Biden ‘Clean and Articulate’ as his running mate…REALLY??

…again…alas.

BigWyo on March 11, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Why in the world are we dumping this incredible Ashley Judd dirt now?

msmveritas on March 11, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Tip of the ice berg…

BigWyo on March 11, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Run, Ashley, run.

rbj on March 11, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Total kook, run Ashley. This will absolutely decimate the democrats in the state. Let her speak and repeat her views to the people of Kentucky.

jake49 on March 11, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Since Al Franken won stole a Senate Seat, nothing surprises me, or thought of as impossible.

portlandon on March 11, 2013 at 7:08 PM

No fan of Franken’s but I guess you think the can is full of sharp pencils and that includes the Republicans. Waching the fools that inhabit the senate is like watching blind men play bocce ball. I mean have you really ever sat down and listen to Mitch?? The problem with Republicans is there is absolutely no leadership. You’ve got to have a QB that can bench someone when they really screw up and Mitch should of benched McCain and the cracker but he’s too weak. And way too old and comfortable in DC cocktail club. Until this changes nothing will.

rik on March 11, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Damn? Nah. Just dumb.

Now, see, if her show had been a hit, she’d be missing.

Connie on March 11, 2013 at 7:42 PM

And I was looking forward to the media telling us how qualified Ashley is to hold office.

I am sure Palin could learn a few things from her. /sarc

JP Mewley on March 11, 2013 at 7:45 PM

They’re anti puff-ites.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on March 11, 2013 at 7:56 PM

If she runs she’ll win. Not only is she a lib (huge advantage everywhere, including “right-leaning” Kentucky; don’t fool yourselves, kids) but she’s mildly famous already.

Only chance of a GOP candidate winning is if the Dems run a “moderate” with no real backing.

happytobehere on March 11, 2013 at 8:00 PM

If she runs she’ll win. Not only is she a lib (huge advantage everywhere, including “right-leaning” Kentucky; don’t fool yourselves, kids) but she’s mildly famous already.

Only chance of a GOP candidate winning is if the Dems run a “moderate” with no real backing.

happytobehere on March 11, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Step away from the US Weekly.

rik on March 11, 2013 at 8:05 PM

O/T, but an indication of 2014???

McClatchy-Marist poll shows Obama tumbling in voters’ eyes

“If President Barack Obama had piled up political capital with his impressive re-election, it’s largely gone.

His approval rating has dropped to the lowest level in more than a year, with more voters now turning thumbs down on his performance than thumbs up, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll. The measure of how much people like him also has dropped.

He’s still vastly more popular than Congress, particularly congressional Republicans. But in the biggest political clash of the year – over the federal budget and how to curb deficits – voters split 44 percent to 42 percent between preferring Congress or Obama.”

Resist We Much on March 11, 2013 at 8:18 PM

happytobehere on March 11, 2013 at 8:00 PM

This is what you always said after you were picked last for the kick ball game wasn’t it?

BigWyo on March 11, 2013 at 8:19 PM

It IS a slow news day.

Bishop on March 11, 2013 at 8:22 PM

It IS a slow news day.

Bishop on March 11, 2013 at 8:22 PM

.
Why don’t we have a thread about which MLB team will win the World Series, next fall?

listens2glenn on March 11, 2013 at 8:27 PM

It’s beginning to look like Mitch is going to be our candidate in Kentucky.

We’re better off focusing on finding good candidates in SC, GA and KS. There’s a ton of candidates in the Georgia race. There are a couple of good candidates that we could put up against Pat Roberts… Kobach or Huelskamp.

It’s safer to challenge in these red states rather than places like Kentucky.

dforston on March 11, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Since Al Franken won stole a Senate Seat, nothing surprises me, or thought of as im anything is possible.

portlandon on March 11, 2013 at 7:08 PM

fixed

cableguy615 on March 11, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Karl Rove , the useless idiot , may prove
usefull for once . He’s already doing Mitchie
ads .
Yah , I’d rather see him primaried ……..
Not gonna happen .

Lucano on March 11, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Why is there widespread assumption that Paul will support McConnell’s re-election bid rather than some conservative candidate to be named? Is this something they already agreed on?

riddick on March 11, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Run, Ashley, run.

rbj on March 11, 2013 at 7:31 PM

+1…

Khun Joe on March 11, 2013 at 9:17 PM

The caveat, though, is that Judd’s enough of a loose cannon that she might end up hurting other Democratic candidates across the state nation.

FIFY. Nationalize the whole damn thing. Let Judd be the national spokesperson for the Democratic Party. Other than Kentucky and possibly Georgia, this election will primarily be fought in red states with Democratic incumbents. Let Judd’s anti-coal, anti-gun, pro-abortion, pro-Obamacare rhetoric be the narrative that defines Democrats nationwide. Have those red state voters recognize the fact that a voter for any Democrat is a rubberstamp for the Obama Administration bent on going out with a bang.

blammm on March 11, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Since Al Franken won stole a Senate Seat, nothing surprises me, or thought of as im anything is possible.

portlandon on March 11, 2013 at 7:08 PM

fixed

cableguy615 on March 11, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Gonna be harder for a ‘rat to steal a seat in KY as opposed to Ed’s place.

Lanceman on March 11, 2013 at 9:38 PM

I’m guilty of mass rape, though, for typing this on my iMac.

John the Libertarian on March 11, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Apple is known for the clean lines of their products, the alluring simplicity of their designs. Dare I…go so far…as to suggest…this signature cleanness is stained by the sh!t and urine of raped women’s leaking fistulas?

—prospective Senator

Mongerel on March 11, 2013 at 10:20 PM

While not ready to abandon Judd, they are now taking a serious second look at recruiting Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Oh, they’re ready alright.

Even the Dems know crazy when they see it.

Too bad though. The campaign ads from McConnell would have been classic.

Find. Your. Pig.

BacaDog on March 11, 2013 at 11:34 PM

Ah, poor Ensign Leffler. She was never quite the same after Wesley went and got himself all Traveller-ified.

Noocyte on March 11, 2013 at 11:37 PM

The false assumption with McConnell is he’s capable of stating a clear concise heart felt opinion on anything that might be understood by the low info voter.

If Mitch were to try a filibuster like Rand, it might last ten seconds before getting lost in the wonkish trenches where Mitch operates.

drfredc on March 12, 2013 at 12:40 AM

Difficult to believe that the Kentucky voters would buy into a Hollywood and racing elitist.

The problem with Kentucky, as has been well documented, is that votes are for sale every election … and for cheap.

Carnac on March 12, 2013 at 9:21 AM

If she runs she’ll win. Not only is she a lib (huge advantage everywhere, including “right-leaning” Kentucky; don’t fool yourselves, kids) but she’s mildly famous already.

happytobehere on March 11, 2013 at 8:00 PM

The Dims once thought exactly the same thing about Caroline Kennedy.

Then Caroline opened her mouth . . . .

(And Caroline is a lot brighter than Ashley Judd).

AZCoyote on March 12, 2013 at 9:28 AM

In her younger years she was a real looker…now she looks like Ms. Iowa Pork Queen.

Apologies to the real Ms. Iowa Pork Queen

trs on March 12, 2013 at 10:41 AM

liberals are so stupid, it is appalling!!!!

ultracon on March 12, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Ashley Judd reminds me of an old Grand Funk Railroad song; T.N.U.C.

woodNfish on March 12, 2013 at 1:45 PM

The question is why she’d want to gamble on trying to defeat McConnell, who’ll have the Republican establishment and, via Rand Paul, the tea party behind him next year,

Why in the hell is Rand Paul backing this bootlicking “me-too” Republican? Surely someone can primary him and knock him out.

georgeofthedesert on March 12, 2013 at 6:41 PM