Dems rethinking this whole Ashley Judd thing

posted at 9:21 am on March 20, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

We first saw some hints of this via Allahpundit more than a week ago. The Democrats certainly would like a big money, high name recognition candidate to take a run at Mitch McConnell in Kentucky next year, and Ashley Judd certainly seems to check both of those boxes. But the closer they looked, the less appealing the choice began to seem. Now it looks like the heavy hitters in the Donkey Party are heading for the exits openly and seeking a better alternative.

Democratic heavy hitters — including Bill Clinton — are quietly trying to woo a new candidate to jump into the race to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, even as actress Ashley Judd is taking steps toward launching a star-studded campaign of her own.

With fears growing in some Democratic quarters over Judd’s potential candidacy, some prominent Democrats in the Bluegrass State are beginning to set their sights on 34-year-old Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state. Among Grimes’s attributes: She lacks political baggage since she’s served barely a year in office, and she hails from a well-connected family influential in Kentucky Democratic politics. But it’s not at all certain if she’ll jump into the race.

Credit where credit is due, Grimes probably wouldn’t be a bad choice. She carries the imprimatur of being viewed as a native from an established political lineage while still holding the Politics of Division Democratic appeal of being a woman. (Hey, we still have to get rid of some of these Rich Old White Guys, ya know.) Of course, Secretary of State is an executive branch position and one which tends to naturally lend itself to a run for governor more than a legislative post, but I doubt the Democratic base would hold it against her very much.

Do signals like the Big Dog courting Grimes mean that Judd will take the hint and exit Stage Left? I suppose it depends how much she’s already set her heart on it and how much cash is already tied up in the effort. But it should certainly give her pause.


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…please run her!…she has high cheek bones too!

KOOLAID2 on March 20, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Real pity. That would be the first time Old Mitch would put something good into his election clips – Ashley Judd’s naked shots!

Archivarix on March 20, 2013 at 9:24 AM

…can’t wait to watch her filibuster!

KOOLAID2 on March 20, 2013 at 9:24 AM

It’s an exercise in futility for virtually any Democrat. McConnell may be dull and uninspiring, but the flipside is he’s not prone to a Todd Achin-esque flub. And we’re talking Kentucky here. A state that went for Romney by 23 points in 2012 is not gonna be more Democratic come 2014.

Doughboy on March 20, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Find your pig, Ashley!

BacaDog on March 20, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Err. Who is Ashley Judd? Whoever she is, she has that Fluke pudgy face. Does she want free rubbers too?

Dingbat63 on March 20, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Democratic heavy hitters — including Bill Clinton — are quietly trying to woo a new candidate to jump into the race to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

Bill should start banging her, then she’d be a shoe-in.

fogw on March 20, 2013 at 9:28 AM

They should run Judd, because she’s as crazy-left as an outhouse rat. She has called using Apple products the same as financing rape, though she won’t get rid of her iPad or iPhone.

Certainly, the Senate could use another liberal Hollywoodie who has some kind of absolute moral authority over the rest of us common peasants.

Liam on March 20, 2013 at 9:28 AM

No surprise that Clinton would choose to get Grimey with Judd.

Flange on March 20, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Err. Who is Ashley Judd? Whoever she is, she has that Fluke pudgy face.

Dingbat63 on March 20, 2013 at 9:27 AM

What is your assessment of Mitch McConnell’s physical appearance?

J.S.K. on March 20, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Bill should start banging her, then she’d be a shoe-in.

fogw on March 20, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Who said he doesn’t?

Archivarix on March 20, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Dems rethinking this whole Ashley Judd thing

They finally realized what the rest of us already know, Judd is a dud.

rukiddingme on March 20, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Run Ashley, run!

rbj on March 20, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Too bad. I was really hoping they would let her bring the batsh!t crazy. It would have been fun.

novaculus on March 20, 2013 at 9:35 AM

What is your assessment of Mitch McConnell’s physical appearance?

J.S.K. on March 20, 2013 at 9:31 AM

If McConnell took it all off for the cameras, believe me, we’d all be commenting.

Fenris on March 20, 2013 at 9:36 AM

I’m guessing as KY Secretary of State that Grimes actually lives in the state. That would be a good start.

Happy Nomad on March 20, 2013 at 9:39 AM

What is your assessment of Mitch McConnell’s physical appearance?

J.S.K. on March 20, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Well, he’s not rockin’ the pillow face.

Fallon on March 20, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Stay puft, Ashley, stay puft…

Mr. Joe on March 20, 2013 at 9:41 AM

The Republicans were given a gift and flushed it down the toilet. Take a page from the Dems. First you compliment Ashley and what a wonderful actor she is and the diversity she brings to the race. Then, when she gets the nomination, that’s the key point, when she has the nomination, that is when you bring out all proof of her idiocy. You might even want to wait until it is too late to replace her but her being forced of the race late in the game is already a pretty big clusterf*ck.

Shtetl G on March 20, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Clinton got excited when he heard there were 2 women vying for the same position…(insert position jokes).

hillsoftx on March 20, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Dingbat63 on March 20, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Gee, whatever has happened to dear old Fluke. Is she still giving speeches to huge crowds in supermarket parking lots?

NavyMustang on March 20, 2013 at 9:43 AM

What is your assessment of Mitch McConnell’s physical appearance?

J.S.K. on March 20, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Hmmm… Vanity Fair seems to have weighed in on this.

Fallon on March 20, 2013 at 9:44 AM

An rumored run that never existed outside of some outlets’ imagination being not confirmed and replaced with alternative rumor. Shocker!

lester on March 20, 2013 at 9:47 AM

If McConnell took it all off for the cameras, believe me, we’d all be commenting.

Fenris on March 20, 2013 at 9:36 AM

There is one fundamental difference here. McConnell is a politician and nominally a lawyer (though after nearly 30 years in the Senate that is funnier a joke than anything ever delivered by Franken). Whatever the hell you want to call Ashley Judd’s profession, it isn’t as a public official.

Public officials tend to get into trouble when they get naked.

Happy Nomad on March 20, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Democratic heavy hitters — including Bill Clinton — are quietly trying to woo a new candidate to jump into the race…

Ruh oh…

“A psychologist told me that (Bill) being in the middle of a conflict between two women is the worst possible situations,” (Hillary) Clinton said.

Fallon on March 20, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Clinton got excited when he heard there were 2 women vying for the same position…(insert position jokes).

hillsoftx on March 20, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Nothing beats the “I have multiple positions available on my staff” joke from House MD.

Archivarix on March 20, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Seems like a war on women as the ‘rats try to force out the female.

Wait…are liberals even capable of bigotry, I heard not.

Bishop on March 20, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Clinton got excited when he heard there were 2 women vying for the same position…(insert position jokes).

hillsoftx on March 20, 2013 at 9:43 AM

The best Clinton joke ever:

-What did the Chinese businessman say to President Clinton?

“Mr. President, good ruck on your next erection!”

Bishop on March 20, 2013 at 9:55 AM

What is your assessment of Mitch McConnell’s physical appearance?

J.S.K. on March 20, 2013 at 9:31 AM

…he’s sagging above the sholders!

KOOLAID2 on March 20, 2013 at 9:56 AM

An rumored run that never existed outside of some outlets’ imagination being not confirmed and replaced with alternative rumor. Shocker!

lester on March 20, 2013 at 9:47 AM

…ah!…molester…letting us all know how uninformed…it is…again!

KOOLAID2 on March 20, 2013 at 9:59 AM

…Public officials tend to get into trouble when they get naked.

Happy Nomad on March 20, 2013 at 9:48 AM

So it’s not okay to become a politician then get naked, but it is okay to do it the other way around? I know, that’s not what you meant, but it is the practical effect.

Fenris on March 20, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Clinton got excited when he heard there were 2 women vying for the same position…(insert position jokes).

hillsoftx on March 20, 2013 at 9:43 AM

.
The best Clinton joke ever:

-What did the Chinese businessman say to President Clinton?

“Mr. President, good ruck on your next erection!”

Bishop on March 20, 2013 at 9:55 AM

.
YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHH ! ! !
.
Those mental images are going to linger . . . . . . . . . : (

listens2glenn on March 20, 2013 at 10:10 AM

They are holding off on a final decision pending on how well her sister Wynonna does on “Dancing With The Stars”.

pilamaye on March 20, 2013 at 10:11 AM

They will have her run in California to replace Boxer or Feinstein.

Oil Can on March 20, 2013 at 10:13 AM

So it’s not okay to become a politician then get naked, but it is okay to do it the other way around?

Fenris on March 20, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Pretty much but I wouldn’t spend too much time looking for Fred Thompson’s nude scenes. The trade off, of course, is that it isn’t okay to be a whore (selling one’s services for money) and then become a politician but actually becomes a “career path” when done the other way around.

Happy Nomad on March 20, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Donkey Party are heading for the exits openly and seeking a better alternative.

Oh, go ahead and do it, Donks. You won’t have a chance like this come along for years to come. Ashley Judd epitomizes the Democrat Party of today. So smart, so Liberal, so annoying. She’s perfect…..

Ok, Im’ done, for now.

BetseyRoss on March 20, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Happy Nomad on March 20, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Now that you mention it, the principle applies to all sorts of professions. Embezzler, running a ponzi scheme, graft kickbacks etc.

Fenris on March 20, 2013 at 10:33 AM

They will have her run in California to replace Boxer or Feinstein.

Oil Can on March 20, 2013 at 10:13 AM

…that might be an improvement!……………….it will be!

KOOLAID2 on March 20, 2013 at 10:38 AM

She lacks political baggage since she’s served barely a year in office

Oh yes, a fine choice for a senator. Democrats see serving barely 1 year of elected office a feature, not a bug.

alwaysfiredup on March 20, 2013 at 10:50 AM

…ah!…molester…letting us all know how uninformed…it is…again!

KOOLAID2 on March 20, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Yay! You almost managed to put a sentence together without too many naughty words. Someday you’ll grow up and might even be able to count to 10, with a lot of training of course.

lester on March 20, 2013 at 10:57 AM

You guys realize this whole Kentucky charade is being run in order to take everyone’s focus off of the rest of the Senate races, right?

ButterflyDragon on March 20, 2013 at 12:02 PM

They will have her run in California to replace Boxer or Feinstein.

She’d be a perfect fit for California. She couldn’t be worse than either are already.

hawkeye54 on March 20, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Do signals like the Big Dog courting Grimes mean that Judd will take the hint and exit Stage Left?

Yeah right.

She was prone to making pronouncements about her spirituality. After an interviewer asked her about it, she replied: “Church and religion are SO important to me. The God thing, the Jesus thing, the Buddha thing, so important to me.”

My first meeting with her was in the South African Airways lounge in Cape Town. She showed us this photo of her rallying the Cats fans at a Kentucky basketball game. She said, “Have you SEEN this photo? I LOVE this photo. We weren’t doing so well, and so I came out at halftime — even though I was on crutches! — and rallied the crowd. And they SAY….” — dramatic pause — “….that that made the difference in bringing us victory.”

Valkyriepundit on March 20, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Boyd Crowder for Senate

I R A Darth Aggie on March 20, 2013 at 12:46 PM

training of course.

lester on March 20, 2013 at 10:57 AM

…I know you’re still potting training…

KOOLAID2 on March 20, 2013 at 2:23 PM

potty

KOOLAID2 on March 20, 2013 at 2:24 PM