The midweek edition of the Morning Jolt features a look at Dick Armey’s sudden departure from FreedomWorks, some dire pizza news, and then this bit of campaign news . . .
By 2030, our political system will just be dueling celebrities:
Ashley Judd vs. Mitch McConnell?
It might not be as far-fetched as you think.
The Hollywood movie star and eighth-generation Kentuckian is seriously exploring a 2014 run for the Senate to take on the powerful Republican leader, four people familiar with the matter tell POLITICO. In recent weeks, Judd has spoken with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) about the possibility of a run, has discussed a potential bid with a Democratic pollster and has begun to conduct opposition research on herself to see where she’s most vulnerable in the Bluegrass State, sources say.
Whether Judd jumps into the race remains far from certain. She’s reportedly also weighing whether to wait until 2016 to instead take on freshman Sen. Rand Paul, sources say.
But if Judd does become a candidate, she would be the biggest celebrity to run for the Senate since Al Franken’s successful 2008 bid for the Minnesota seat. And her entrance would add a level of star power to a race that was already poised to be the highest-profile in the country with the Senate Republican leader up for a sixth term in 2014. “She is doing all the things that a serious candidate exploring a race should do,” Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) told POLITICO after speaking with her. “I think there are a lot of people, and I was one of them, who wanted to let her know that her candidacy would be an exciting prospect for us. That’s what I wanted her to know. A lot of the labor unions, they were telling me that too.”
So, I suppose we’ve well-established that anybody can be a U.S. Senator, but . . . aren’t you supposed to have done something in the realm of public policy before you get to be a senator? Even maybe a town council or something like that? To paraphrase Rep. Bobby Rush’s criticism of his Democratic primary challenger in 2000, “What’s she done? I mean . . . just what has she done?”
As the Politico article eventually notes, “Yet other Democrats are nervous about her prospective candidacy: She’d be pegged as a liberal, out of touch with conservative Kentucky; she has no experience running for office; and she now lives outside her home state.”
The best part of Ashley Judd’s Senate bid will be when she teams up with Morgan Freeman to uncover the conspiracy.
Jim Hoft reminds us, “Judd is a big anti-gun lib. She cut ads for some wackadoodle leftist group against Sarah Palin in 2008.”
Doug Powers: “Hopefully Judd waits until 2016, because I would pay to watch Rand Paul dismantle her in a debate. Presumably Judd would poll poorly among the Kentucky coal miner demographic.”
Doug Adams, NBC producer, warns “Democrats pining for Ashley Judd should remember this: 1) she lives in Tennessee 2) McConnell is tenacious 3) celebs make lousy candidates.”
“So what?” said former New York Senator Hillary Clinton to the first.
“So what?” said Rep. Patrick Murphy, fresh off defeating Allen West, to the second.
“So what?” said Senator Al Franken to the third.