March 7, 2013
Will Ashley Judd be Kentucky's Obama?
Republicans must win the U.S. Senate in 2014. Yet Democrats are hoping Ashley Judd can appeal to the same shallow voters who re-elected Barack Obama. Judd is only 9 percentage points behind Mitch McConnell, according to a Republican polling firm Harper Polling. At this early stage of the Kentucky U.S. Senate race, 9 points down means Judd might gain traction over the next 20 months. Ms. Judd's fame comes from a Country-Western musical family. In normal times, a Senate Minority Leader would be immune from serious challenge. But her mother Naomi Judd was born in Ashland, Kentucky. "U.S. Senator Al Franken" should sober up those who scoff. If a Saturday Night Live comedian can be elected U.S. Senator, Republicans should assume nothing. Celebrity is especially powerful with voters who don't pay attention to politics. Nowadays, people feel they know a celebrity but put little weight on policy and facts. A Country-Western family might rival even a Senate Minority Leader. Obama's powerful...(Read Full Article)