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Think Ashley Judd Running for Senate Is a Joke? Keep Laughing

by Adriana Velez on February 21, 2013 at 12:52 PM

ashley juddWell my my, hand me those smelling salts! Rumors that Ashley Judd will run for Mitch McConnell's Senate seat are looking more and more like a sure thing. She recently met with Democratic insiders in Louisville, Kentucky. She's also met with New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Democratic pollsters. She looks more serious about running every day.

The Republican response to Ashley Judd's future in politics has been a resounding L.O.L. And that's just fine with me! Think the idea of this "radical" "Hollywood liberal" running for office in a red state where she doesn't live is hilarious? Keep laughing, Republicans. You keep laughing.

I think Ashley Judd would make an exciting candidate. She has just the fresh voice and perspective we need in the Senate. She's full of passion and energy. And let's face it, she's got loads of friends with loads of money. That's been bad for a political candidate exactly zero times. Yes, she campaigned for Obama. He won. And your point is ...?

Fine, supposedly Obama isn't popular in red states. But these red states and blue states aren't as uniformly polarized as we'd like to think. You know what? Never mind. Let's keep pretending Kentucky is 100 percent anti-Obama. Yeah, run with that one. We'll just pretend Kentucky doesn't get $1.35 in federal funds for every dollar it pays in taxes. So not a welfare state!

Ashley wouldn't be the first actor to make the leap into politics. We've seen Sonny Bono, Al Franken, and what's his name ... oh yes, RONALD REAGAN. The Hollywood insider who became a hugely popular two-term president. Is it a little sexist and hypocritical to underestimate Ashley Judd's political future? Sure -- but don't let that stop you, Republicans. I think we've seen how well that old-fashioned sexism has been working out for you lately, especially in the south (cough, Todd-legitimate-rape-Akin, cough).

Should I mention Judd's Masters in Public Administration degree from Harvard? Nah, I know you hate that ee-leet bullshit when it pertains to liberals.

As for Ashley Judd running in Kentucky when she's called Tennessee "home" -- she was raised in Kentucky. She has a stake in her home state. And anyhow, let's not pretend we're all new to this idea of political candidates having homes in various states. Where exactly did Mitt Romney call "home"? Oh yeah. No one cares.

Anyway, we'll see how this all pans out. I want a front seat, and I'm popping some popcorn. This is going to be one fun race.

Do you think Ashley Judd stands much of a chance for getting elected in Kentucky?

 

Image via Pacific Coast News

Filed Under: feminism, in the news, politics

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  • Cass
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    Cass

    February 21, 2013 at 1:07 PM
    I don't know anything about Ms. Judd or her proposed senate run, but I do know that this article is one of the most tactless, arrogant, petulant, immature posts I've seen on thestir. Instead of, oh, I don't know, countering the dissenting opinions with facts that support her viability as a winning candidate, you decided that mocking and patronizing Republicans made your argument stronger. I don't identify with either political party, but this kind of bullshit drives me up a wall. Republicans lost the election because they were standoffish, exclusionary, and rude. If they finally get around to fixing that and the democrats keep throwing their victory in everyone's face, we'll see a lot of republicans celebrating in November 2016.
  • Cass
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    Cass

    February 21, 2013 at 1:10 PM
    I don't know anything about Ms. Judd or her proposed senate run, but I do know that this article is one of the most tactless, arrogant, petulant, immature posts I've seen on thestir. Instead of, oh, I don't know, countering the dissenting opinions with facts that support her viability as a winning candidate, you decided that mocking and patronizing Republicans made your argument stronger. I don't identify with either political party, but this kind of bullshit drives me up a wall. Republicans lost the election because they were standoffish, exclusionary, and rude. If they finally get around to fixing that and the democrats keep throwing their victory in everyone's face, we'll see a lot of republicans celebrating in November 2016.
  • MNGirl18
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    MNGirl18

    February 21, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Al Franken was elected by the same state that chose Jesse Ventura as its governor. I don't think you can compare Kentucky voters to the strange breed who reside in Minnesota - and that's coming from someone who was born in Minnesota and has lived here the vast majority of my life.

    Also - Ronald REGAN? Excellent editing job...


  • Anon
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    Anon

    February 21, 2013 at 1:26 PM
    Ashley Judd thinks Obama is "brilliant"....bwahaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! This clueless-liberal-white-woman couldn't get elected dog catcher in KY and surrounding states (save for IL)...now go make another movie no one will watch.
  • Kiss...
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    Kiss the Girls

    February 21, 2013 at 1:28 PM
    Of course repubs are nervous that she may be running! Everything that will come out of Mitch McConnells mouth will be accused of being sexist or elitist in some way. I like Ashley Judd as an actress ok, but lets face it. She rose to fame on her family name and her looks, and it didnt hurt that she got naked every once in awhile. These days, she spews out psychobabble, writes about how she requires 10 plus hours of sleep a day to feel centered, and carries around a therapy dog for her psychological issues based on perceived childhood abuse that no one, including those who love her, can substantiate. I'm not opposed to a celeb in office (hint hint, Clooney), but she is a little too whack a doodle for my taste.
  • insei...
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    inseineangel

    February 21, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    I'm just going to throw in one of the best things I've read in a while:

     

    Republicans are Red,

    Democrats are Blue,

    Neither one of them,

    Gives a fuck about you.

     

    Religion and Politics, since the beginning of both, have bred more idiotic zealots destroying humanity than anything else... I'm right, you're wrong. My god is the true god, the best god. RED! BLUE!. They disagree with us, let's kill them! These heathens won't stop their evil ways, let's burn/drown/hang/behead/etc. them into submission! Your president sucks! You're Prime Minister is a tyrant! No welfare! More welfare! Ban abortion! You're gay, you don't deserve love, equality, or life! Jesus for President!

    It's all foolishness. It's detrimental to EVERYONE'S QUALITY OF LIFE!

    And yet you voluntarily let these things come into your life, and then let them rule it. You forget about your fellow man, you forget how to treat another human being, when they don't agree with your beliefs and opinions.

    Everyone wonders why humanity is in the fast lane to Hell. Religion and Politics.

     

    (aaaaaaand cue the crazy, over-zealous rants and responses...) 


  • PonyC...
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    PonyChaser

    February 21, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Ok, so you're saying that her qualifications are... She has a fresh voice and perspective, is full of passion and energy, has loads of friends with loads of money, and she campaigned for Obama. Also, she once lived in Kentucky, is a celebrity, and has a Master's Degree in Public Administration.

    Wow. Her opponents should be shaking in their boots. Just LOOK at all that substance and experience!! Hell, she should just skip right over Senate and go for the Oval Office. After all, she DID campaign for Obama. And apparently, that's all it takes nowadays to be elected. Not, you know, actual work experience.


  • Teri_25
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    Teri_25

    February 22, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    I saw her over the summer when she came to town to speak about Obama, and she seemed a bit prissy, telling people absolutely no photos. I understand that she was there to try to get everyone rallied up for Obama, but come on, don't be so rude that you ignore everyone and keep saying no pictures but primp yourself.


  • Anne
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    Anne

    February 26, 2013 at 3:55 PM
    Her race car husband was likely sick of her Democratic affiliations to the useless Obama and dumped her. I always enjoyed her movies and she is a highly intelligent and educated lady but for the wrong party. I hope she does not get elected to the senate.
  • Faith...
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    Faith Bowling

    March 3, 2013 at 7:03 PM
    She is one of the most despicable humans on Earth!
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