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  •  She's way too liberal for the state. (0+ / 0-)

    At best she's probably a great primary candidate foil for the eventual Dem candidate, as they can run to her right and frame themselves as more a moderate.  

    Her complete embrace of Pres Obama, who is surely polling well underwater in Kentucky, and especially her anti-coal stance would doom her in any general against McConnell or any other GOP candidate.  

    President Obama would have been a Republican in the 1980's.

    by Jacoby Jonze on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 03:25:18 PM PST

    •  It's the message more than the politics (8+ / 0-)

      Ashley Judd is a pure blood Kentuckian.  She grew up and was raised there.  I think the notion that she's liberal is just a fraction of who she is.  In fact, I think Judd may very well be focused on message, which is really how she is.  Also, the GOP continues to implode

      The point being, she gives a damn whereas Mitch McConnell is more cautious and quite frankly, waits until the last minute to give a damn.  

      Don't forget, there's a strong Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth who represents the 3rd Congressional District of Kentucky (probably most liberal part of the state).  Then of course previous Congressman Ben Chandler got narrowly defeated for re-election by now Congressman Andy Barr (representing the 6th Congressional District).  We just need to focus on winning back the seat from Andy Barr.

      Remember, most of the polls show Ashley Judd only a few percentage points below Mitch McConnell.  When McConnell was challenged by previous candidate Bruce Lunsford in 2008, Lunsford had a chance to beat McConnell but was a lousy candidate (he also embraced Ernie Fletcher at one point).  In fact, hardly any polls that I recollect showed Lunsford in striking distance although he did mount a credible campaign against McConnell.

      Judd though is a serious fighter.  Compared to McConnell, she can take him down.  I don't think she needs to be pushed to run in the middle.  Judd is an articulate, smart person.  I think she knows the state better than you or I do.  

    •  The state is poor, not liberal (1+ / 0-)
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      dot farmer

      The inability of progressives to show poor people that they need Democratic policies is a crime. In a book I plugged above (Deer Hunting with Jesus) there's a long section I wanted to make into a diary, talking about how we sit "above" and vote for policies that help low income folks, but we don't sit at the donut shops and bars and talk to them.

      The state NEEDS Democrats. We need to figure out a way to explain it.

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