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ekyprogressive doesn't think Ashley Judd can unseat Mitch McConnell. He views her opposition to mountaintop removal as a liability. For me, to the little extent that I have researched her views, that opposition is her primary asset. The push back she is receiving in coal country isn't from the people who are watching their beloved mountains being turned into one big slag heap. It's from the big shots in the coal industry who think they can control public opinion with their big bucks.

On the morning of election day, on my facebook wall, I posted a link to the article of a possible Judd Senate run and commented, "After we win today, lets start trying to draft Ashley Judd to run against Mitch McConnell in 2014." My link only got one like and one comment. But a very active Democrat reposted my link along with a picture of Ashley wearing only a UK shirt. His post got 25 likes and 51 comments, mostly positive.
    I got a response from a Republican niece saying, "I heard she's against coal mining." I responded that she's against mountaintop removal, which involves shaving entire tops off mountains and dumping them in the valleys below. I asked my niece if she was for mountaintop removal. She responded, "Of course not."
   Who is for mountaintop removal other than the coal mine owners who are profiting from it? I don't believe any reasonable person, if shown the results of mountaintop removal would be for it. I also believe, win or lose, an Ashley Judd KY Senate candidacy would shine a national spot light on mountaintop removal and help bring it to an end.
   Romney easily won KY and won in my home county of Logan by an even greater margin (66%). Turn out for this election was low state wide. In Logan County it was only 42%. When I voted, the line was dominated by geezers who could barely walk. I didn't see any young people. I think there is potential for a Democrat to win against McConnell if that Democrat can tap into the pool of potential voters who don't vote because they think it doesn't matter. Is that candidate Ashley Judd?
   Just like honeybees decide through competing waggle dances where to go to start a new hive, I'm going to continue with my waggle dance for Ashley Judd unless a competing waggle dance brings forward some one better.

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  •  the way your diary starts (2+ / 0-)
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    cazcee, third Party please

    makes it seem like a call-out diary against another Kossack, which is a no-no. You might want to edit it, and just link ekyprogressive's diary in a way that states "they also wrote a dairy." Given the time before election, any buzz is good buzz for someone about to get into politics.

    I'm an Ashely Judd fan so I'd be routing for her.

    Also, hun, you really want to think about linking your personal Facebook page to a public diary. It invites attention and the weirdos to come out of the woodwork... not from Daily Kos so much as you could get harassed by the opposition.

    Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. ~ Yoda Political Compass: -8.50, -6.46

    by Cinnamon on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 04:46:23 AM PST

    •  I did not intend this as a call-out diary. (3+ / 0-)

      I hope ekyprogressive won't take it that way. I merely intended to extend the discussion on the merits of Ashley Judd as a Senate candidate. As for the facebook link - That link was to the wall of the active Democrat who reposted my original link, not to my own wall. He's used to deflecting vitriol. My own personal facebook friends include a pretty good pool of weirdos. One regularly uses language implying violence to members of the opposition. So much so that one other person has suggested that he ought to be on a terrorist watch list. Just imagine the worst comment you might find on a right wing blog, triple it in intensity and you'll come close to what I already put up with on my facebook page.

      •  I don't... ;-) (0+ / 0-)

        It's all good, Kossacks can disagree. Here in Knott/Floyd/Perry area, all you hear is "war on coal" blah blah blah blah blah...LOL. It's discouraging, that and all the Obama hate I hear locally. When I wrote that, I felt that an objective evaluation of one of her major positions, in light of local "feel" of that position was warranted. It concerns me, it really does. But I don't feel called out. In fact, I hope I am wrong if she does run. :-)

        •  I thought I posted a comment on your diary... (0+ / 0-)

          but apparently I failed to push all the right buttons. Vocal locals in my own neighborhood would likely concur with those in your neighborhood. I don't see that as a reason not to try to draft a true progressive to run against McConnell. I hope that there may be untapped potential in the KY electorate, which might be drawn out if KY ever had anything on the ballot besides Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats

    •  that's allowed, not just in titles IIRC . . . (7+ / 0-)
    •  hun? (0+ / 0-)

      Your entire post reads like you're condescendingly talking to a child.  Thanks for the "wisdom."

  •  Mountaintop removal is a travesty (8+ / 0-)

    I don't think most people understand the extent of the destruction caused by it.

    Horrible.

    "The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion." ~ Thomas Paine

    by third Party please on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 05:06:10 AM PST

  •  I have posted a couple................... (3+ / 0-)
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    dot farmer, Aspe4, duckhunter

    of comments in regard to Ms. Judd pursuing Yertle the Turtle's senate seat on other threads. I am all for it and will do whatever I can to help get that scum McConnell out of the Senate.

    But let 's not kid ourselves, Mitchie is a tough, well-connected, amoral, vicious, pol who is good at winning.  It will be an uphill battle regardless of who we Dems put up.

    The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation--HDT

    by cazcee on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 05:06:10 AM PST

  •  It's raining out and I must go see... (0+ / 0-)

    if my tobacco is in order. This will probably be off the bottom of the page by the time I come back for dinner.

  •  She can get ahead of it (1+ / 0-)
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    dot farmer

    I've worked with folks there. They would really like a path away from the mountain top removal and lung disease.

    Judd can get ahead of it. There is a lot of research on how to use coal (and how to get it) without destroying. Lots of it is at Oak Ridge, but under-funded. Judd could become an advocate for that research. I know the solution should be "no coal at all" but that won't win elections, and the coal will still be mined and burned.

    By becoming a fighter for more research money (in advance of any political candidacy) she would be a hero to many.

  •  Good ole Logan County (2+ / 0-)
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    Aspe4, dot farmer

    I worked for a company in Springfield, TN a good portion of our workforce were residence of Logan County KY.  I must say they are some of the nicest people in the world.  With that said they are value voters and it is why they vote R.

    I once during a lunch break asked 12 different workers if they believed dinosaurs exisited all twelve said no, this included 3 people with industrial engineering degrees from Western KY University.

    However, they are also some of the most nature loving people I've ever met even rivaling those in the Asheville, NC area where I now reside.  They also have an extreme pride for hometown folks making it big.

    Therefore, if the race between MM and AJ is weighted towards coal mining as a major issue and not so much social issues, I think Ashley would have a great chance

    •  WTF??? (1+ / 0-)
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      I once during a lunch break asked 12 different workers if they believed dinosaurs exisited all twelve said no, this included 3 people with industrial engineering degrees from Western KY University.
      Wow, Ms. Judd will have a hard time then. But, I'm for anyone who had a recurring character on Star Trek: TNG. :-) Does anyone think Judd would have an easier time running for Senate in her current home in Tennessee?

      "The problem with posting quotes off the Internet is you never know if they're genuine."--Gen. George Washington at the Battle of Gettysburg, February 30, 1908

      by Aspe4 on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 05:55:02 AM PST

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  •  Somehow someone needs to make the point to (5+ / 0-)

    people in coal country that, for them, those who actually live in the mountains, their future is a lot brighter focusing on eco-tourism than it is on coal. The real benefits of coal extraction go to Wall Street and are extracted out of the region and eventually extracted out of the country to the Cayman Is. etc. by the Romney's. In other words, they're being "Romney-ed".

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 05:48:00 AM PST

  •  It's... (1+ / 0-)
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    dot farmer

    weird that Ben Chandler lost this year, when he even managed to hold on in 2010.

    "It's almost as if we're watching Mitt Romney on Safari in his own country." -- Jonathan Capeheart

    by JackND on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 09:36:33 AM PST

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