It’s Oscar weekend, a time of movies, fashion, and glamour. It’s all very exciting. While Hollywood rolls out the red carpet, what is DC doing? Most people evidently don’t know or care. They’re more concerned with Argo versus Lincoln versus Life of Pi in the Best Picture category or whether Jennifer Lawrence will pull off a Best Actress victory over Jessica Chastain and an 85-year-old French actress.
Sequester? ObamaCare deadline? No one is paying attention. They’re more focused on who’ll look hot on the red carpet.
There is a saying that DC is Hollywood for ugly people. I think that has some merit. So what happens when Hollywood and DC meet in a showdown?
Word is that Ashley Judd may run for the U.S. Senate against Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. I’m not sure she’ll even run, but people are talking to her about it and she should listen. My message to the GOP is simple. Don’t underestimate her ability to win. She should be taken seriously.
McConnell has done a decent job as Minority Leader in the Senate, but he’s just been there too damn long and next to Ashley Judd, he looks like the walking dead.
I was born in Kentucky and understand the unbridled spirit of the Bluegrass State. Kentuckians should never be put in a box because they’ll blow it up with a shotgun. I was born in eastern Kentucky where things are shot up often and with great enthusiasm. In my neck of the woods (mountains actually), most of the citizens are of Scot-Irish decent. They’re fighters and independent thinkers. They’re also hell raisers when the occasion requires. Rand Paul became a U.S. Senator even though most people initially didn’t know who he was. They liked his rugged individualism and libertarian patriotic pride. If he had run against McConnell, my guess is that he would have won.
I believe that if Judd runs, she’ll have tons of cash and lots of help from the Obama machine. Have no doubt about my loyalties. I believe the Obama policies are a disaster for the country. I also
think that winning back the Senate in 2014 might be our last hope of keeping America’s head above water. Because of that, I want to sound the alarm right now to the Republicans that they need to start working immediately to avert a Democrat victory in the Bluegrass State.
There is no doubt that McConnell is much more qualified, and he is a decent legislator, but lately, what does being qualified have to do with winning elections? He needs to put together an effective campaign strategy immediately. One thought would be to install my good friend and Vice Chairman of the Kentucky GOP, Deanna Brangers, as his campaign chair. She is a young brilliant woman with a great political mind.
As I see the gold and glitz this weekend in anticipation of the Oscars, it makes me realize that a beautiful talented woman with no experience in politics absolutely can beat out an old sage and leader in the Senate.
Let’s hope that McConnell and Company heed this warning and doesn’t dismiss Ashley Judd. Otherwise, we may be stuck calling Ashley—Senator Judd who beat the old Dud.