Donald Trump: Let’s face it, Ashley Judd’s going to be a great candidate

posted at 4:01 pm on March 12, 2013 by Allahpundit

As with Trump himself, I think her most winning quality is how easy she is to relate to.

Will he end up donating to her campaign? Maybe we’ll find out when he addresses CPAC on Friday.

“All reports indicate Ashley Judd will be running for Sen. McConnell’s seat,” Trump wrote. “She’s going to be a great candidate. …Re: Ashley Judd: Keep @KarlRove away. He already made her a viable candidate.”

Asked to clarify the remarks, Trump told POLITICO in a statement: “Ashley Judd’s candidacy was created by Karl Rove’s terrible ads; even before she thought seriously about running. The ads made her look great and now she probably will run.”

Lots more on this at the boss emeritus’s site, Twitchy. Here’s Rove’s ad in case you missed it last month. It’s perfectly fine; every Republican attack ad against her for the rest of the campaign will run along the same lines. And if Trump’s right that the early Crossroads attack on Judd baited her into running, so much the better: She’s not the strongest potential opponent for McConnell in Kentucky. But Rove-bashing is key to Trump’s conservative cred at the moment, even if it means touting a hard-left liberal as a pretext for doing it, so there you go. Expect lots, lots more on Rove in his CPAC speech, I’ll bet.

Meanwhile, back in reality, Kentucky Democrats stare into the abyss and wonder, “Are we really about to do this?” Maybe not:

“She’s gonna have a tough row to hoe,” said Jim Cauley, who ran Gov. Steve Beshear’s 2007 campaign and also worked on President Obama’s 2004 Senate campaign. “She doesn’t fit the damn state. That’s her problem. I don’t think she fits the voters of the state of Kentucky.”…

“I’m in this to win it, and I don’t believe Ashley Judd is in it to win it,” said Nathan Smith, a leading Kentucky Democratic donor, who is also the head of the Manufactured Housing Institute. Smith helped raise money for Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, and Beshear. He’s hosted Hillary Rodham Clinton at his house. He said he called Judd about 10 days ago, prepared to give his advice to the actress, but hasn’t heard back.

“If she was to call me tonight, I would give her some advice and I doubt that she’d be excited to come back for round two of that conversation. I don’t care how many movies she’s made.” Smith said…

“Electing Ashley Judd gets a Republican Legislature elected. That’s what I see at stake here. Your perspective is different if you’re in New York or Los Angeles. They don’t live here. We do. Judd’s candidacy makes it seamlessly easy to Obama-ize this election,” one Kentucky Democratic strategist said.

At Mediaite, Noah Rothman wonders if Judd is the Democratic Todd Akin insofar as the base wants her to run while the party establishment is terrified. Does the progressive base want her to run? There’s knee-jerk support for her on lefty blogs when our side makes fun of her but I don’t know if they’re clamoring to take their best shot at Mitch McConnell with a deep blue candidate in a reddish state. Just today, Steve Kornacki’s got a piece up at Salon reminding progressives that a hyperliberal is, perhaps, not the shrewdest choice for nominee in this case. Nate Cohn argues similarly at TNR. The left will back her dutifully if she’s the nominee but don’t be surprised if they’re less than dutiful before then, even if Judd ends up in a primary.

Oh, almost forgot — per National Review, Trump is slated to have slightly more speaking time at CPAC than Rubio, Rand Paul, Jindal, or Paul Ryan. Exit question: Maybe … Trump’s trying to bait her into running too because he knows she’ll be easier for McConnell to beat? Maybe?


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Heh, the picture is pretty slutty.

Trump is all about Trump.

May she run. It makes the Ds very nervous.

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Puff Mama

msupertas on March 12, 2013 at 4:05 PM

One word …

Perky

A bit of Perky flesh will probably win this one.

Lawrence on March 12, 2013 at 4:06 PM

That picture is messed up.

22044 on March 12, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Let’s puffy face it, Ashley Judd’s going to be a great candidate.

… although, I think she’s calling herself “p. diddy face”, now.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 12, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Even Mitch McConnell could beat Ashley Judd by 5-10 pts. Will there be a conservative challenger who can win the GOP nomination and trounce her by 20?

sauldalinsky on March 12, 2013 at 4:10 PM

I don’t get it. Is Trump serious? This woman is a terrible candidate for Kentucky. The ONLY way she wins is if Kentucky Republicans rebel against McConnell and stay home. This is not Minnesota, and this woman is a radical twit that will not play in the south.

melle1228 on March 12, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Donald Trump isn’t even as severely conservative as Mitt Romney or as consistently conservative as Chris Christie. CPAC should not have given him a platform to make waves.

Fallon on March 12, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Trump’s right again. for all her faults she’s a true believer.

wish our side had more of those.

renalin on March 12, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Looks like Ms Judd’s getting motor-boated in that pic.
;)

abobo on March 12, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Trump evidently heard about the “incredible experience” a male bonobo “blessed” her with and is thoroughly intrigued.

steebo77 on March 12, 2013 at 4:15 PM

At Mediaite, Noah Rothman wonders if Judd is the Democratic Todd Akin insofar as the base wants her to run while the party establishment is terrified.

Did the base want Akin or did they respond to Claire McCaskill’s early ads baiting them to nominate him? If Trump is correct the Crossroads ads goaded her into running then he is inadvertently giving Rove quite a bit of credit. She is undoubtedly a weaker candidate than McConnell might otherwise get and rumor has it the White House is worried about her as well.

msmveritas on March 12, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Trump, as likeable as he is, has a tin ear for politics. How can someone so self-professed smart always be so wrong on politics politics?

Tater Salad on March 12, 2013 at 4:16 PM

I don’t get it. Is Trump serious? This woman is a terrible candidate for Kentucky. The ONLY way she wins is if Kentucky Republicans rebel against McConnell and stay home.

melle1228 on March 12, 2013 at 4:11 PM

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You mean like a lot of Republicans did to Mitt, in November?

listens2glenn on March 12, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Trump’s right again. for all her faults she’s a true believer.

wish our side had more of those.

renalin on March 12, 2013 at 4:14 PM

.
In other words; she’s more “genuine”, even if she’s genuinely wrong.

listens2glenn on March 12, 2013 at 4:18 PM

He is saying to get her to run so she can lose.

Come on guys. He’s messing with the dems.

portlandon on March 12, 2013 at 4:18 PM

What is that picture of??? Where?

Oil Can on March 12, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Why, is she going to show us her boobs again??

TX-96 on March 12, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Maybe Trump was speaking about perfect candidate for his next trophy wife? Although I’m not sure why he’d want someone with botched plastic surgery who is over 40.

Illinidiva on March 12, 2013 at 4:22 PM

If Judd wins Kentucky this country really is doomed.

William Eaton on March 12, 2013 at 4:22 PM

At Mediaite, Noah Rothman wonders if Judd is the Democratic Todd Akin insofar as the base wants her to run while the party establishment is terrified.

Is that what happened with Akin? It seems to me that very few people really wanted Akin to stay in but many objected to the establishment’s refusal to accept that he wasn’t dropping out.

Am I completely misremembering this? It’s not like there were throngs of people thrilled by Akin after his asinine statements.

Kensington on March 12, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Although I’m not sure why he’d want someone with botched plastic surgery who is over 40.

Illinidiva on March 12, 2013 at 4:22 PM

For one, her name doesn’t have any “k” sounds. Two, she speaks English.

I think The Donald might be longing for an American woman.

BobMbx on March 12, 2013 at 4:25 PM

*I* think she’s cute… in a chipmunk sort of way. (Hmmmm, put some fur on her and Alvin and the boys would be hot to trot!)

GWB on March 12, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Did the base want Akin or did they respond to Claire McCaskill’s early ads baiting them to nominate him? If Trump is correct the Crossroads ads goaded her into running then he is inadvertently giving Rove quite a bit of credit. She is undoubtedly a weaker candidate than McConnell might otherwise get and rumor has it the White House is worried about her as well.

msmveritas on March 12, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Agreed.. Rove knows how to play hardball politics still.

As for Judd, I think that there is huge potential to nationalize her like Akin got nationalized in 2012. There are lots of southern Blue Dog Democrats up in 2014 and Judd is such a loose cannon that says stupid things. There is a chance that Mark Pryor, etc. might get have to explain whether they think that Arkansas, West Virginia, Louisiana, etc voters are racist just like Judd thinks the Kentucky voters are.

Illinidiva on March 12, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Ashley Judd-every bit as qualified as Al Franken. Oh wait…..and the prez.

AnnaS on March 12, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Prediction: McConnell’s neck fat will join forces with Judd’s cheek fat and run for Senate on the No Labels ticket.

EricW on March 12, 2013 at 4:28 PM

If Trump can encourage Judd to run and distract Rove with incessant public attacks, then let him have it, it’s a win-win.

Daemonocracy on March 12, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Is that what happened with Akin? It seems to me that very few people really wanted Akin to stay in but many objected to the establishment’s refusal to accept that he wasn’t dropping out.

Am I completely misremembering this? It’s not like there were throngs of people thrilled by Akin after his asinine statements.

Kensington on March 12, 2013 at 4:23 PM

I’m assuming that AP meant the primaries before Akin told us all about a woman’s magic defense against rape.

Illinidiva on March 12, 2013 at 4:30 PM

I think this is about making a point to the establishment and Rove.

When the left things they can run Judd it says how much they fear the kind of campaign Rove and the establishment like to run.

Trump wants to make a point that the kind of weak tea ads and weak tea campaign where you don’t even discuss Benghazi at the FP debate because you are afraid to look too committed to your cause will lose everytime to people who go for throat and don’t mind saying ANYTHING about their opponent.

Conan on March 12, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Oh, almost forgot — per National Review, Trump is slated to have slightly more speaking time at CPAC than Rubio, Rand Paul, Jindal, or Paul Ryan. Exit question: Maybe … Trump’s trying to bait her into running too because he knows she’ll be easier for McConnell to beat? Maybe?

Yeah. That was my thought re: Rove, as well. He may be playing chess against the Dems’ checkers aficionados in this round. If he blasts her enough, they’ll have to nominate her, just to show him who’s boss. ;-)

Do I really believe that? Not so much. But I wouldn’t be shocked if this actually is the game that Trump and Rove are playing.

nukemhill on March 12, 2013 at 4:33 PM

If yu look a the pic – it looks like Judd’s head is the “A” in a sign that reads “Economy Ballast”

CycloneCDB on March 12, 2013 at 4:34 PM

As her grandma said, she’s not as smart as she thinks. Has anyone heard her say anything that wasn’t a lefty cliche or a rape analogy? She’s also a prima dona because she has been treated as special all her life. I imagine if she runs she will crack up – start missing engagements, disappearing for days, etc.

Blake on March 12, 2013 at 4:35 PM

STOP HUMAN BREEDING! Vote JUDD 2014!

Pork-Chop on March 12, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Is that a picture of Rahm Emmanuel suckling at her bosom?

Polish Rifle on March 12, 2013 at 4:36 PM

MAKE HER THE FACE OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.

Use her like the Democrats used Akin!

Caiwyn on March 12, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Don’t you have to live in Kentucky to run for Senator? Does Ashley Judd live there?

Curtiss on March 12, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Ashley Judd-every bit as qualified as Al Franken. Oh wait…..and the prez.

AnnaS on March 12, 2013 at 4:28 PM

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She’s still better looking (in spite of the puffy cheeks) than Al Franken, or “the prez”.

That doesn’t help her qualifications though, does it?

listens2glenn on March 12, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Is that a picture of Rahm Emmanuel suckling at her bosom?

Polish Rifle on March 12, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Its good to know I wasn’t the only one who saw that.

BobMbx on March 12, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Its good to know I wasn’t the only one who saw that.

Indeed. I thought Hot Gas had suddenly become a soft porn site for Progressives.

Polish Rifle on March 12, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Al Franken …………………….. please get me trashcan, quick.

SC.Charlie on March 12, 2013 at 4:44 PM

STOP HUMAN BREEDING! Vote JUDD 2014!

Pork-Chop on March 12, 2013 at 4:36 PM

.
Here, I’ll re-post my campaign ad for her alongside yours:

ASLEY JUDD FOR U.S. SENATE

Thank God she didn’t breed

listens2glenn on March 12, 2013 at 4:44 PM

If you’re in any way undecided about Donald Trump, go to Netflix and see “30 for 30 – Small Potatoes: Who Shot the USFL?” He was a south end of a north bound horse (as my Mom would have said) 30 years ago, and hasn’t changed since. Besides, somebody with as much money has he can afford to go to a hairstylist. When he does, I just may pay a small amount of attention to him.

jclittlep on March 12, 2013 at 4:45 PM

She’s very pretty and I’m sure she will do a good job reading the lines her dim handlers put in front of her.

Unfortunately she’s a female Biden.

Just what we need. Another US Senator with the IQ of an ashtray.

MaaddMaaxx on March 12, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Donald Trump. Ashley Judd. Bleahhh. One’s a bad actor, the other is an airhead hoping to run for a Kentucky Senate seat.

GreenBlade on March 12, 2013 at 4:45 PM

I don’t get it. Is Trump serious? This woman is a terrible candidate for Kentucky. The ONLY way she wins is if Kentucky Republicans rebel against McConnell and stay home. This is not Minnesota, and this woman is a radical twit that will not play in the south.

melle1228 on March 12, 2013 at 4:11 PM

He’s right about Karl Rove though. The surest way to get GOP voters to stay home is to have Rove’s fingerprints all over McConnell’s re-election effort.

Gator Country on March 12, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Can we please stop going to – or listening to – Donald ‘Freaking’ Trump.

jake-the-goose on March 12, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Charles Manson and Ashely Judd grew up in the same Kentucky town.

Curtiss on March 12, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Next year they will be renaming CPAC to Trump PAC more accurately TPAC. They need the money and exposure. Of course the “The Donald” will be in charge of the entire affair.

SC.Charlie on March 12, 2013 at 4:48 PM

STOP HUMAN BREEDING! Vote JUDD 2014!

Pork-Chop on March 12, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Ashley doesn’t want either “breeding” or coal mining (it’s like rape!) going on, which doesn’t leave much for the good people of Kentucky to do with their time. Of course, they can always do what Ashley does — curl up in a fetal position on her “safe place” yoga mat.

I’m so hoping she runs, if only for the entertainment value.

AZCoyote on March 12, 2013 at 4:49 PM

No she won’t Donald . . . running these phony make believe artists needs to stop and the country needs to start finding some true leaders. This entire country is turning into a nation of mediocre losers and numbskull hollywood losers.

rplat on March 12, 2013 at 4:50 PM

If Judd wins Kentucky this country really is doomed.
William Eaton on March 12, 2013 at 4:22 PM

If she runs, she’ll win.

happytobehere on March 12, 2013 at 4:52 PM

No she won’t Donald . . . running these phony make believe artists needs to stop and the country needs to start finding some true leaders. This entire country is turning into a nation of mediocre losers and numbskull hollywood losers.
rplat on March 12, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Turning into? The transformation is already complete.

happytobehere on March 12, 2013 at 4:54 PM

He is saying to get her to run so she can lose.

Come on guys. He’s messing with the dems.

portlandon on March 12, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Yeah, I remember that game being played out once before… There’s no way an unknown, not-even one term Senator from Illinois could win against Hillary… It didn’t work out so well for us.

Fallon on March 12, 2013 at 5:03 PM

At Mediaite, Noah Rothman wonders if Judd is the Democratic Todd Akin insofar as the base wants her to run while the party establishment is terrified.

Stop it. Just stop. Akin was the DEMOCRAT’s pick. They spent $1.5 million to get him the primary win.
http://washingtonexaminer.com/democrats-spent-1.5-mil-to-help-akin-win-gop-primary/article/2505373

He was not the base’s pick:
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/08/missouri-primary-upset-todd-akin-defeats-self-funder-palin-backed-rival-in-gop-contest/

cptacek on March 12, 2013 at 5:03 PM

So who will she represent if she wins?

Scotland where she actually lives?

Or Tennesee where she’s from?

For crying out loud, she’s not even a carpetbagger – more like the President in Death Race 2000.

jaydee_007 on March 12, 2013 at 5:05 PM

STOP HUMAN BREEDING! Vote JUDD 2014!

Pork-Chop on March 12, 2013 at 4:36 PM

If it’s truly irresponsible to breed as she claims, what’s her brilliant policy solution? Is she an advocate of banning reproduction?

I want answers Ms. Judd!

Team McConnell should go this route instead of simply making fun of her.

Also, is she going to promote bonobos as the next minority/entitlement group? Okay that was a joke. You can expect me to completely not make fun of her.

LetsBfrank on March 12, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Is she an advocate of encouraging banning bonobo reproduction?

Another important policy question Ms. Judd should answer.

LetsBfrank on March 12, 2013 at 5:08 PM

For crying out loud, she’s not even a carpetbagger – more like the President in Death Race 2000.

jaydee_007 on March 12, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Um, have you seen this? Funny bonus juxtaposition of “Breeder’s Cup.”

Fallon on March 12, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Ms Judd also believes our military is guilty of systematic and mass rape of our female soldiers.

More explanations from Ms. Judd please.

LetsBfrank on March 12, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Donald Trump: Let’s face it, Ashley Judd’s going to be a great candidate

More than anything Trump Loves Beautiful women…
….they could dumb as a stump, and he’ll support them.

AND Judd is going to unleash Killer Commando Dolphins
on your Azz McConnell!!

http://seattle.cbslocal.com/2013/03/12/report-3-killer-commando-dolphins-from-ukraine-on-the-loose/

ToddPA on March 12, 2013 at 5:13 PM

CPAC is at Gaylord National this year.

boko fittleworth on March 12, 2013 at 5:15 PM

I’m no Trump fan, but he never said she’d be a good senator. He said she’d be a great candidate. We’ve seen that with Bill Clinton and Barak Obama. Both great candidates.

osborn4 on March 12, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Seriously? she is an air head who should stay in her own bed which is acting, because she is good at that

HAGGS99 on March 12, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Trump just might be smarter than a 5th grader:

It gets his name in the news.
He gets to bash Karl Rove.
His flattery just may get her in the race (yes she is that gullible).
He knows she will be trounced.
He offers her a spot on the next celebrity apprentice.
It gets his name in the news. (Repeat cycle ad nauseum)

Not rocket science folks.

can_con on March 12, 2013 at 5:19 PM

So who will she represent if she wins?

Scotland where she actually lives?

Or Tennesee where she’s from?

jaydee_007 on March 12, 2013 at 5:05 PM

The vapid lockstep Communists in Hollywood where she keeps her echo chamber.

Gingotts on March 12, 2013 at 5:31 PM

She probably loses in Kentucky, but the fact that we believe it might be close tells us all we need to know about the electorate in general. In this “American Idol” society we live in, name recognition trumps competence. Add a touch of political correctness and the corrupt MSM, and anything’s possible. Jesse Ventura…Al Franken…Arnold Schwarzenegger… need I say more?

MDLibertyLover on March 12, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Trump just might be smarter than a 5th grader:

It gets his name in the news.
He gets to bash Karl Rove.
His flattery just may get her in the race (yes she is that gullible).
He knows she will be trounced.
He offers her a spot on the next celebrity apprentice.
It gets his name in the news. (Repeat cycle ad nauseum)

Not rocket science folks.

can_con on March 12, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Pretty much the same thing happened when Trump had that feud with Rosie back in 2007. Only he kept calling her a “fat, unfunny slob” anytime a camera was focused on him, regardless of the show he was on. And it goosed ratings for The View.

Myron Falwell on March 12, 2013 at 5:35 PM

She probably loses in Kentucky, but the fact that we believe it might be close tells us all we need to know about the electorate in general. In this “American Idol” society we live in, name recognition trumps competence. Add a touch of political correctness and the corrupt MSM, and anything’s possible. Jesse Ventura…Al Franken…Arnold Schwarzenegger… need I say more?

MDLibertyLover on March 12, 2013 at 5:35 PM

THIS.

Myron Falwell on March 12, 2013 at 5:38 PM

“Senate Candidate Apprentice”, where the winner receives Trumps support for the Kentucky Senate race.

Gotta luv that guy.

BobMbx on March 12, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Dispatch from The Donald.

Dear fans and I know there’s millions of you:

Ashley Judd will be perfect for United States Senator because her breasts are real and her backside is real so taxpayers won’t have to put in a lot of money on upkeep like I have to with my beyootiful wife Melania.

I mean, although Miss Judd could not win my Miss USA Pageant (on one of your local NBC Networks coming this spring before the season finale of “Celebrity Apprentice” also paid for by NBC). But she’s better lookin’ than that fat sister of hers and since their mom is still almost hot, Ashley Judd has a chance of still looking okay after she is around all those bald guys in the Senate after she serves five years or whatever.

And if she loses in Wyoming where she is definitely going to throw her hat in against Mitch McDonald, she can come off her Hollywood pedestal movies with that Morgan Freedom who was not born in America, and be on “Celebrity Apprentice.” Ratings will be YOOJ!

Sincerely Yes my hair is real,
Donald Trump

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on March 12, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Seriously? she is an air head who should stay in her own bed which is acting, because she is good at that

She really could benefit from expanding her horizon of life experience. I say, RUN, ASHLEY, RUN!!!

What’s one more airhead dem in the Senate anyway? Seems to be a vital part of many’s resume.

hawkeye54 on March 12, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Donald Trump Noted Plastic Surgery Lover: Let’s face it, Ashley Judd’s “That Other Plastic Surgery Lover’s going to be a great candidate…even if she does look like she was on the losing end of a bar fight with a Botox needle and is the equivalent of a dumb Elizabeth Warren albeit one without the credentials and non-surgically-enhanced cheekbones.”

Edited for accuracy.

Resist We Much on March 12, 2013 at 6:02 PM

What is that guy doing to Judd’s Jugs?

The Rogue Tomato on March 12, 2013 at 6:21 PM

so when does Judd get her invite to CPAC?

burserker on March 12, 2013 at 6:33 PM

so when does Judd get her invite to CPAC?

burserker on March 12, 2013 at 6:33 PM

rofl..:)

Dire Straits on March 12, 2013 at 7:08 PM

He is saying to get her to run so she can lose.

Come on guys. He’s messing with the dems.

portlandon on March 12, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Really? Trump is a Democrat…I can’t believe CPAC invited the jerk who supports Hillary Clinton (and will again in 2016) the longest speaking slot at their convention. Loons

Redford on March 12, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Trump is an idiot.

bluegill on March 12, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Donald Trump: Let’s face it, Ashley Judd’s going to be a great candidate.

For who?

avagreen on March 12, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Trump is only saying that because he wants to poke her.

woodNfish on March 12, 2013 at 9:08 PM

How can people be dumb enough to keep loaning Trump money? His mom must have dropped him on his head before he had the toupee cushion.

I guess the next question will be if Ashley has more Cherokee blood than Elizabeth Warren.

NoPain on March 13, 2013 at 3:00 AM