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I don't understand what the fuss is about?  Ashley Judd's too liberal!  I'm the Senate Minority Leader!
Oh I think Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear definitely knows what he's talking about!
In my last diary, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear reported he looked at Ashley Judd as a serious candidate.

That was a short time ago.  Since then, it appears things are beginning to change:

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) said at a news conference Tuesday that he has spoken with actress Ashley Judd and that he thinks she’s looking hard at running for Senate.

“I talked to her again the other day. She called me, and we had a good conversation,” Beshear said at a news conference. “I would say without getting into the specifics of the conversation, I’m convinced that she is seriously considering a race for the United States Senate in the Democratic primary, and we’ll see where it goes.”

Ok.  So perhaps this isn't THAT much earth shattering news but there is no question this U.S. Senate Race in Kentucky is not any ordinary race.  For an actress like Ashley Judd or even anyone in her realm to consider making a career transition to work in federal government, that's a big commitment.

But it doesn't appear the transition will be that difficult at all for Judd.

Here's a video of Judd at a women's rights discussion at George Washington University:

Unfortunately, I cannot embed the entire video through C-Span but here's the link to the full speech:

More videos in general of Ashley Judd with fire in her belly:

So enough, we know Ashley Judd knows people want her to run for the U.S. Senate.  Providing she is of course considering running still, let's help the DSCC get ready as well:

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
Phone (202) 224-2447
Fax (202) 969-0354
For general information email

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  •  What kind of candidate will she be? She looks (4+ / 0-)

    and acts like she is itching to change things.

  •  Well... (0+ / 0-)

    I hope she's not the Fred Thompson for the Democrats. Either get in or get out of the way for someone else to run. Granted, it's twenty months from the election, but this is not going to be an easy job.

  •  It's hard to know how it would play out. (3+ / 0-)
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    elwior, Chi, camlbacker

    Name recognition is big.  McConnell is not exactly beloved.  Being a woman is probably a plus.  She can probably stand her ground against the right wing attacks.  Did KY vote against President Obama because they are conservative or racist?  It's not necessarily the same thing.

    “The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day.” Gloria Steinem

    by ahumbleopinion on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 04:03:37 PM PST

    •  This NY Times article might interest you: (1+ / 0-)
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      Still, many residents said Ms. Judd’s character, which they admired, was more important than her politics.

      “She may be a little too liberal for me,” said Janice Taylor, a 71-year-old retiree. But neither was she a fan of Mr. McConnell’s.

      “I’ve got tired of him,” she said. “He’s always against everything.”

      Perry Dalton, 67, who retired from the AK Steel plant in Ashland, said he was a Republican but liked Ms. Judd because she was not a typical politician.

      “I know she wants to come back to help her state, her community, just from her heart,” said Mr. Dalton, holding the hand of a granddaughter before a ride on an electric indoor train at the Town Center mall. “I know she’s more liberal than me. But honesty is more important to me than anything.”

      Joan Christian, 42, a hospital technician, said she previously voted for Mr. McConnell but would not rule out Ms. Judd even because of her current residence out of state.

      “I think she’s as qualified as anyone,” Ms. Christian said. “She was an educated professional woman before she was an actress.”

  •  Run Ashley Run! (1+ / 0-)
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    "Much violence is based on the illusion that life is a property to be defended and not to be shared. " ~ Henri Nouwen

    by Paddy999 on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 04:06:40 PM PST

  •  if she runs, i hope she runs hard (3+ / 0-)
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    elwior, Senor Unoball, Chi

    and leaves a mark, win or lose.

  •  but but but (0+ / 0-)

    she's been naked in movies! do people want to elect somebody that morally bankrupt.

    sure, Arnold killed hundreds in his movies, and Reagan was a mob boss in a movie, but that's nothing to the horribleness of being...naked!

    •  Hahaha. (0+ / 0-)

      Jon Voight played a gay guy in "Midnight Cowboy" but look at how right-wing he is these days.

      •  No, Voight didn't play a gay guy (0+ / 0-)

        In "Midnight Cowboy" Joe Buck (Voight) was a guy who would do or say whatever he had to, in order to get money. A guy with no particular principles, no particular philosophy, except selling what he had and who he was, to get what he wanted. Nominally straight, but it didn't matter. If you were buying, he was selling. And if you weren't buying, he was stealing what you had. The only thing that mattered to him was getting his.

        Chickens, roost.

        •  Ok. You're right. But it was an edgy role (0+ / 0-)

          Midnight Cowboy, I believe, was originally rated NC-17.  For Jon Voight to in that role and become right wing today is a very strange evolution for the man.  I suppose Voight wasn't too found of the late 1960's and 1970's.

          Nevertheless, times have changed.

  •  Expect McConnell to go all out in vilifying her (0+ / 0-)

    This is going to remind people of CA-Sen, 1950, when it was Dick Nixon v. Helen Gahagan Douglas.  Well, I expect McConnell will be so sleazy, he'll make Nixon and his campaign manager Murray Chotiner look like Sunday school teachers by comparison.  Hell, he'll even make Rove look like an angel.

    "Valerie, why am I getting all these emails calling me a classless boor?"

    by TLS66 on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 09:41:56 PM PST

    •  Yeah, but McConnell knows little about Judd (0+ / 0-)

      Ashley Judd didn't grow up in a pleasant childhood so she's a pretty tough woman.  Projecting herself today given what she had gone through in her life early on says a lot about Judd's personality and how she can deal with constituents, a much different relationship than someone like Mitch McConnell who is really a tool for the big business and conservative business industry.

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