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Crossposted from Hillbilly Report.

After much hope and fanfare among national Democrats and many in Kentucky Ashley Judd has decided not to run against Mitch McConnell in 2014. While she is definitely an intelligent, compassionate lady that would have made a great Senator it appears as if she probably did not want to go through the meat-grinder that would have been the hypocritical Republican propaganda machine and the millions of dollars of mud that Mitch McConnell would have slung her way.

To the disappointment of many she tweeted that she would indeed not be running against the Senator for Communist China:

"After serious and thorough contemplation, I realize that my responsibilities & energy at this time need to be focused on my family. Regretfully, I am currently unable to consider a campaign for the Senate," she tweeted.
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And while many will be disappointed Ms. Judd at least made her decision giving Kentucky Democrats plenty of time to regroup and unite behind a candidate and give whomever it may be the resources and energy they need to win. For that we can only thank her.

So now that we know this will not be the Beauty vs. the Beast from hell race, what do Democrats in Kentucky have left? We already have a fine man and Democrat running in Ed Marksberry although many would say he doesn't have enough name recognition or deep enough pockets. While I would have no problem whatsoever supporting him, many in the Kentucky Democratic Party and indeed the Washington establishment have a serious problem being and supporting real Democrats like Ed.

It seems as if the establishment choice is now Alison Lundergan Grimes, but it is important to note that this is the same establishment that gave us Bruce Lunsford against Mitch McConnell last time and Jack Conway against Rand Paul. That should at least give us pause in thinking maybe the establishment does not know what they are talking about when they tell us who would be the best candidate.

Who would some of our readers like to see run? Who are we overlooking that could pose a real threat to McConnell? Jack Conway did not seem to play well at all in the Eastern and Western parts of the state when he ran against Rand Paul. Crit Luallen seems more interested in a run for the statehouse in 2015. Jerry Abramson has expressed interest and could be a formidable candidate but would he? Greg Fischer is current Louisville mayor and has shown that he too could be a very viable candidate although he too failed to win his primary.

How about a couple of dark horses? Former Lt. Gov Daniel Mongiardo, while losing to Jim Bunning narrowly and losing a primary to Jack Conway at least showed he could be a strength in Western and Eastern Kentucky where votes for a Democrat will be crucial. While many would write him off, Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo could be just the type of political veteran and fighter that could lock horns with McConnell and beat him at his own game. I must admit I would be intrigued to see a race pitting Greg Stumbo against Mitch McConnell.

Call me crazy but I would actually lean towards Stumbo, Mongiardo or Fischer if they ran but at this point who knows if they would even consider it or draw any support at all from the Kentucky Democratic establishment whose actions never cease to perplex grassroots Democrats? With the Queen of Kentucky Wildcats basketball out of the race the way I see it is that anything can happen.

Do any of you favor any of these candidates and if not who did I overlook? One thing is certain. We must all unite behind one of these candidates or find someone else and send the disgrace that is Mitch McConnell off to the true masters he has long served over the people of Kentucky. The Chinese Communists.

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  •  Ms. Grimes, backed by Ms. Judd. n/t (6+ / 0-)

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 09:30:41 PM PDT

  •  Abramson probably can't win. (6+ / 0-)

    I'm Jewish and don't think a Jew can win, particularly one associated so closely with Louisville.

    I thought Jack Conway was going to be a great candidate, and aside from the Aqua Buddha misstep I think he was, and if it wasn't 2010 he would've been much more competitive.

    Bruce Lunsford, for all of his lack of appeal, got 47% of the vote, seriously outperforming Obama while they were both on the ballot.  If we'd had a more compelling candidate who was as competitive in money that year, we may have defeated McConnell.

    I think Alison Lundergan Grimes is the best candidate we have now who is at all interested in the race.  She has the best shot at making Mitch really sweat, and potentially even beating him.  She is not controversial, has friends in high places, and has already won a big statewide race.

    ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

    by James Allen on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 09:48:24 PM PDT

  •  Oh, this is sad news. I think she would have (2+ / 0-)
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    RDemocrat, Pinto Pony

    kicked McConnel's a$$. And more importantly, I think she would have made an excellent senator. I hope she'll be back for another race - or change her mind on this one. (It happens)

    Thanks for the news.

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    by Leslie Salzillo on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 09:51:16 PM PDT

  •  This diary ignores the mudd slung at her.. (5+ / 0-)
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    RDemocrat, jacksman, wu ming, Egalitare, demjim

    by democrats, including the Clintons.
    Ahhhh, can't you wait for President Hillary?

    Gag.

    Ashley Judd's rumored run for Senator of Kentucky isn't just rousing Republicans — it may be scaring big-time Democrats, too. According to Politico reporter Manu Raju, former President Bill Clinton is so wary of Judd's potential pitfalls — in particular, her forceful comments about gender politics, Christianity, and mountain-top removal mining — that he and a team of Democratic operatives have begun courting Alison Lundergan Grimes, who serves as Kentucky's Secretary of State, in hopes that she'll consider running against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has held his seat since 1985.

    .....Break for eyeball rest.....

    Leaning heavily on anonymous sources, the report illustrates the odd dynamic surrounding Judd's potential candidacy: apparently unwilling to speak to Judd directly, Democrats are taking to the media — or at least Politico and the local Kentucky papers, without their names attached — to air their worries about running her against McConnell. Of course Grimes's supporters are speaking on the record, about Judd as a "risk."

    •  It is sad.. (6+ / 0-)

      That Clinton decided to weigh in against her. However, many Democrats such as John Yarmuth encouraged her to run and would have supported her. Honestly I would support Satan against Mitch McConnell. The lesser of two evils...

      •  They don't want a culture of primaries... (5+ / 0-)
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        RDemocrat, jacksman, TLS66, demjim, Chi

        or outsiders or anything of the sort.
        They want backroom deals, annonymous whispering campaigns and corporate cronies.

        And I don't say this as a Judd fanboy, I just notice how desperately the democrats try to prevent any battle for votes, any intra-party debate.

        Even worse, as the I note in the link above, they don't even have the decency to make their arguments in the light of day, and instead whisper in secret.

        Spare me a Hillary Clinton Presidency, please.

    •  What mud did either of the Clintons sling at her? (1+ / 0-)
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      RDemocrat

      Bill encouraged her to run and also lately encouraged Grimes to run - perhaps because he knew Judd was not running. It was after an event recently that Clinton attended in KY that he spoke with Grimes and encouraged her to run.

      Ashley Judd and both Clintons are close. She was a Hillary supporter in 2008. So far as I have ever heard, there has been no falling out. I imagine that she and the Clintons have been in contact and that Bill was aware that Judd was not likely to run.

      You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

      by sewaneepat on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 08:07:11 AM PDT

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  •  What I want to know is (1+ / 0-)
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    can McChinless be primaried?
    He's nervous about his right flank, that's one reason he's being such a hard4ss. Is there a way to support a TeaBagger challenge that would damage him enough? Who on that side is in a position to take him on? And how can we help that person?

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 06:39:34 AM PDT

  •  Well that's that. (2+ / 0-)
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    RDemocrat, Chi

    The Third-Wayists got their way so prepare for another 6 years of turtle boy. How about running some real progressives every once in a while? These moderates haven't exactly done so well for us in Kentucky lately.

  •  what about the state's Democratic governor... (1+ / 0-)
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    RDemocrat

    Steve Beshear? You don't hear very many people discussing him as a possibility, for some reason. Isn't he pretty popular?

  •  No More Coakleys!! (2+ / 0-)
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    RDemocrat, Chi

    Please, lets groom the right candidate....

    Everyone is crying out for peace; no one's crying out for justice...

    by mojave mike on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 09:28:46 AM PDT

  •  I respect her decision (1+ / 0-)
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    RDemocrat

    But I'm disappointed, as well. That race would have been a massive money sink for Republican donors. They would have received national exposure for attacking a "Hollywood liberal" who's very much a daughter of the South; that line of attack was going to backfire on them, big time.

    I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

    by CFAmick on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 10:14:26 AM PDT

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