Judd comes from a well-known and well-loved family of entertainers in Kentucky, and it never pays to underestimate star power. However, it goes without saying that Kentucky isn’t California or Minnesota, politically or culturally. Four weeks ago, Mitt Romney beat Barack Obama by 28 points and almost 400,000 votes without being a native of Kentucky. Romney carried all but four counties, and in three of those four Obama won, he didn’t get to a majority.
Judd will need to decide whether to aim at Mitch McConnell or Rand Paul, but neither looks particularly enticing. McConnell held his seat in the Democratic wave election of 2008 as Obama sailed to the presidency, beating a well-known Democratic politician by six points. Rand Paul beat the sitting and popular Attorney General Jack Conway by twelve points, 56/44, in his first political campaign in 2010. McConnell will get plenty of establishment help, and Paul has a national legion of his father’s supporters still to tap.
Sure. Mitch McConnell gives me heartburn. Chronically. But Ashley Judd’s a moonbat… a card-carrying one. And though Kentuckians may indeed love her, they’re not going to buy her brand of crazy. For instance, Doug Powers reminds us of this deliciously studpid Ashley Judd-ism:
But hey, don’t forget that Minnesota did elect that disgusting Al Franken to the Senate and the country just re-elected the American Idol president. Clusterf*cks do happen you know.