Ashley Judd is a beautiful actress who is best known for a number of movies, including Double Jeopardy and Kiss the Girls. But now she is considering a run for the US Senate against Mitch McConnell in her native Kentucky.
McConnell ran a very loud campaign to get President Obama out of office and to bring a Republican majority to the Senate. He achieved neither of these goals, and now if Judd, a very well-liked actress and member of the singing Judd family, is convinced, he may lose his own seat in 2014.
Oh please let it happen! I know what the right wing will say (insert massive eye roll).
Because Hollywood has traditionally swung left, most on the right hate "Hollywood types" endorsing candidates. Actor Matt Damon has been loudly criticized for his support of leftie causes. Of course, as usually with the right wing, you NEVER hear them complaining when the actors come from THEIR side. Think Clint Eastwood as mayor of Carmel, California, and Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor of California. Their biggest hero -- Ronald Reagan -- was an ACTOR before he became president.
So pipe down already. You don't have a leg to stand on.
Besides, Judd has earned her stripes. In recent years she has become more and more political and proven herself to be both fearless and righteous. She lashed out against Rick Santorum in regards to choices. She wrote an extremely poignant and meaningful response to rumors about her "puffy" face. She has generally been an outspoken proponent of women's rights and isn't afraid of appearing "ugly" in order to get her point across.
She has long become a hero of the left. And it's not just in the "swoop in at election time and give some attention to a candidate" way. She is the real deal -- smart, eloquent, intellectual.
Kentucky -- a traditionally red state -- would be lucky to have her, and as a native daughter, she has a better chance of winning than most other liberal types. No one could deny that she loves Kentucky and the south and just wants the best for the area.
This last election has proven that all the money in the world can't buy you political seats. Elizabeth Warren beat a well funded Scott Brown in Massachusetts and Sherrod Brown beat Josh Mandel (also well funded) handily in Washington. Judd has friends in high places, but it seems she really needs friends on the ground, in her native state.
If she could win, it would be a great day for Kentucky and for the country. And the haters can stop their whining and watch old footage of Reagan.
Do you think Judd could win Kentucky?
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