For the record: I happen to agree that there is a fluorescent double standard in American politics when one candidate for NYC comptroller previously went to jail for providing prostitutes to another candidate for NYC comptroller – and if you haven’t watched Jake Tapper throw metaphorical acid in the face of Eliot Spitzer yet, well: here you go.
A few things that I’m taking away from this (forwarded) Mother Jones “expose” of Mitch McConnell’s Ashley Judd oppo research:
The whole thing reminds me of the Washington Post‘s ongoing (and rather pathetic) attempts to recreate that one, perfect fix that the WaPo had in 2006 when they destroyed George Allen’s Senate career. Yes, David Corn, last year you folks got your hands on a video that harmed a Republican campaign. Congratulations. Have a cookie. But it’s never as good the second time, huh?
And in this particular case… yeah. Um. Shorn of its finger waggling, the article indicates that Mitch McConnell was looking forward to running against somebody who: has really strange opinions on coal, parenting, and American society; a history of mental depression and frankly mildly erratic behavior; and had made somewhat demeaning cracks about the state that she wanted to run in. Here’s a news flash: so were the rest of us in the VRWC. In other words? There’s nothing new here. Continue reading Mother Jones, Mitch McConnell, & Ashley Judd.
As [Ashley Judd] contemplated whether to move back to Kentucky and challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell [Johnathan Miller] was alternating with Congressman John Yarmuth as witness for the defense against a steady stream of salacious recriminations.
The prosecution was assisted in nearly every article by the same handful of Democratic professionals railing against the prospects of a Judd candidacy, promoting instead the potential Senate candidacy of Kentucky’s young Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Actress Ashley Judd has decided not to pursue a bid for the Kentucky Senate race, according to two sources familiar with her decision.
Moral of the story: normal people simply don’t like rabid progressives all that much. Particularly ones that babble on and on about how much they hate coal mining, to the point where they’re trivializing rape.
Glad we cleared that up!
PS: Yeah, of course I was looking forward to Ashley Judd running. But, honestly: it’s better for the Republic if progressives don’t get encouraged too much to think that they’re viable outside of very carefully designed and maintained demographic hothouses. Aside from everything else ,it’s… cruel to do that to them. Sometimes you have to think of the country first.
Clinton encouraged Grimes to consider taking on [Mitch] McConnell, adding as he did with Judd that he would support her. The conversation was described as “candid” and “frank” with Clinton saying “all options are available” to the 34-year-old secretary of state and that she has “unlimited potential.” He did add that “bigger is always better”…
You know something? I’m better than this. Bill Clinton is merely doing this to bait me. Or ABC News is. But I’m not going to play their twisted little game.
Sorry to do said editing, but the woman’s grasp of Standard English generally makes my teeth ache. Anyway, the aforementioned non-denial denial about whether Ms. Judd is running for Senate in Kentucky:
“I am not sure who is saying this stuff, but it is not [me]! [A]s a fan of your journalism[, I would prefer] that you stay [both] accurate and credible. [My… office? call service? Butler? Needs context, here] told everyone who called us yesterday [that] these stories are fabrications.”
Let me start by noting something: yes, many people have at least a small problem with Mitch McConnell. Including myself, sometimes. But that does not mean that the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy will simply tolerate anybody calling his wife a traitorous double agent for the ChiComs. Which is what the rabidly liberal Super PAC (the Democrats still have those? Hypocrites) Progress Kentucky just did.
Recently, the group turned its attention to McConnell’s wife, former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, with a focus on her race.
In a Feb. 14 Twitter message, Progress says: “This woman has the ear of (Sen. McConnell)—she’s his wife. May explain why your job moved to China!”
Other messages from Progress’s social networking account about Chao have run for the past several days, saying her “Chinese (money)” is buying state elections.
It’s kind of significant that there are Kentucky Democrats who were willing to go on the record to scream “NOOOOOOOO!” about the thought of Ashley Judd running for Senate in Tennessee – oops, sorry, Kentucky. Normally, neither politicians nor their support staff like to put their names to comments like these:
“If [Rep.] John Yarmuth wants to be highest ranking Democrat in the state of Kentucky, he should keep pushing Ashley Judd,” [Kentucky Democratic consultant] Jimmy] Cauley said. “Because we will lose the Legislature and we will lose the governor’s office and he’ll be the only one left.”