Will Ashley Judd Try to Unseat Mitch McConnell in Kentucky?
Actress Ashley Judd may have ambitions beyond the ‘silver screen’. She has a Masters degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. For years Judd has devoted herself to a range of causes, from international AIDS awareness to wildlife preservation. Signs that she is aspiring to relieve Mitch McConnell of his seat as the Senate Minority Leader from Kentucky are becoming more prevalent.
Karl Rove is so fearful of her entering the campaign in 2014 that he has already produced and released a video attacking her personally and professionally.
McConnell is somewhat of an easy target. He has been called the nation’s “worst senator” in polls. His policy of obstructionism is well established and loathed.
There are pitfalls turning a successful Hollywood career into a political career. The same advantages of fame and glamour can be turned into negative attributes by her competition.
Because she is an actress who performed in a variety of films, some involving social issues and sexuality. Republicans will surely attack her on the subject of morality and family values, although they do not pertain to her personal life.
What she can skillfully do is display skills she has mastered, such as storytelling, empathy, projecting that extra bit of energy that’s the mark of a genuine star. These are also skills required in politics. Entertainers dedicate their entire lives to selling a product: themselves. So do elected officials.
A string of recent comments, made by Kentucky politicos, suggests Judd will go through with it. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., told ABC News last month that he “would be surprised if she doesn’t run at this point.” Kentucky’s Democratic governor, Steve Beshear, said at a press conference on Tuesday that the actress is “seriously considering a race for the United States Senate and the Democratic primary” and would be an “effective and formidable opponent” against McConnell. Today, a Fox News columnist heard that Judd is definitely in, from an anonymous source.
The fear already displayed by the Republican Party should be considered a compliment to Ms. Judd. But it also could be a display of lack of confidence that McConnell is likeable enough to win an election.
Those of you who are old enough to have seen the first Presidential debates between Richard Nixon and John Kennedy will remember what the camera and American voters perceived as they were glued to their television sets. Kennedy’s presence, his persona, captivated audiences and instilled confidence that he would make a great President. As beads of sweat appeared on Nixon’s forehead, he appeared ill-prepared and lacked poise.
Before this is a “sure thing”, I ask you to think about one scenario. If you were watching a debate between and intelligent, lovely, glamorous, and confident Ashley Judd vs. a stumbling, incoherent, and ill prepared Mitch McConnell, which person would you most likely check on your ballot?
With Republicans losing favor with the working class, women, and minorities, Ms. Judd stands to be a major threat to a Republican who has been entrenched in our political system for far too long.
The last item of importance is the all-important item of campaign finance. With corporate money dominating the donations of Republicans, Democratic candidates have often been outspent. I don’t need to give details. Just think about the amount of financial support Ms. Judd could obtain from groups who would rally to her support.
Columnist-The Guardian Express