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screenshot from American Crossroads internet video against potential senate candidate Ashley Judd
Take that, Ashley Judd!
Karl Rove is getting plastered by the Republican base for his Super PAC's new supposed commitment to finding non-crazy Republicans to back. In response, the group has promised that by "not supporting crazy people," they mean they still will support crazy people like Rep. Steve King, just not, you know, people even crazier than that, and have quickly come out with a new hit ad on potential Democratic candidate Ashley Judd. Judd might run against Mitch McConnell for McConnell's senate spot.

Given (1) that Ashley Judd isn't actually running for anything, at least not yet, and (2) the ad existing only as an internet thing for Karl Rove to talk about (though it ends with a prominent donation ask, of course), the effort doesn't seem to be too serious. It seems to be primarily a way for Rove to change the subject and make nice-nice with the Republicans who have been circling his building with torches and pitchforks.

Anyway, Rove is now promising more Judd-bashing—I guess he figures targeting people who aren't actually even running for something yet is probably one of the safer things he can do, given that all his other announcements lately have landed butter-side-down—so I guess that will be a thing.

“We are making fun of her,” Rove said point-blankly on Fox News. “She is way far out on the left wing of the Democratic Party, which is not very far out left in Kentucky.”
Whatever.

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  •  Attack ads on Citizens who aren't running (20+ / 0-)

    Talk about dirty pool.   Until she declares, attacking people for just having an opinion is about as low as it gets.

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 08:32:13 AM PST

    •  preventive swiftboating/intimidation a rove specia (4+ / 0-)
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      6ZONite, native, Algernons Labyrinth, sap

      lty.

      rove has used it successfully many times but it is hardly noticed by the left because it happens on the radio.

      from supreme court possibilities that would be "too liberal/radical" for amurka to the van joneses and elizabeth warrens and susan rices that withdraw or are withdrawn because the lies and rumors get blasted so long and loud from the 1000 plus radio stations without a peep of response from the left, until it's too late. and it happens on the local level too. and they become well known and "true", and acceptable to be repeated on TV and joked about on the sunday shows through sheer unchallenged repetition.

      judd will be getting blasted by local and national radio blowhards regularly until her relatives and friends start getting hassled and she feels that pressure.

      all rove had to do was pass the names and some lies and rumors to team limbaugh and even specifically to the local blowhards and it goes from there. most of the intimidation toward judd will happen on kentucky RW radio unnoticed by the dems who would like to see her run, and who are encouraging her and who will be pledging to get her back.

      and 4 of those stations are limbaugh stations that piggyback on the athletics of the U of Kentucky and Louisville.

      This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

      by certainot on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 09:27:50 AM PST

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    •  Money laundering? (1+ / 0-)
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      jds1978

      Many hundreds of millions poured fruitlessly into a legal black hole?  Where is it really coming from?  Where is it really going to?  To me, it stinks of money laundering.  For all the super-GOP-capitalist bloviating about "when the project doesn't pay, fire the director," Karl Rove seems lucky not to have been gunned down in the street already.  What gives?  The Koch-suckers and the Pope-a-dopes go out of their way to cultivate an image of being not very bright, but Koch-a-poop has too many lawyers to be quite this dumb.

    •  I do have to compliment their oppo researchers! (4+ / 0-)
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      tmservo433, pimutant, The Geogre, jds1978

      Finding an unattractive photo of Ashley Judd must have taken them days!

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      by Seneca Doane on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 10:13:30 AM PST

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      •  It's not even all that unattractive. (2+ / 0-)
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        Ref, jds1978

        They may need to do some Photoshopping.

        Jon Husted is a dick.

        by anastasia p on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 10:24:29 AM PST

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        •  Karl Rove thinks cheeks are "fat" (0+ / 0-)

          Which is hilarious, given that it's Karl "Dax Ham" Rove. Turdblossom is looking as far back as he can go for chubby cheeks. He got it, and all I can think is, "I can see that beautiful face in that middle school photograph."

          It's about stupid, but, then again, it's Karl Rove, who figures that Kentuckyans will embrace out-of-staters making fun of home town girls and families that have made it big and kept coming back home to support their communities. The man is a genius. Maybe he can come along and run ads against Michael Stipe in Georgia, next, or Dolly Parton in Tennessee. That's what everyone wants: someone from outside to tell folks what to think.

          Everyone is innocent of some crime.

          by The Geogre on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 12:03:12 PM PST

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      •  Yeah, I thought so too (0+ / 0-)

        I didn't even recognize the photo. So I did a google image search on Ashley Judd and there was a sea of attractive faces, and then right in the middle of the sea of loveliness was a shot of McConnell! Cracked me up.

        If your internal map of reality doesn't match external conditions, bad things happen.--Cambias

        by pimutant on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 10:56:04 AM PST

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  •  Wow (13+ / 0-)

    So Rove is attacking Ashley Judd AND Kentucky at the same time???

    Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it and then misapplying the wrong remedies. ~ Groucho Marx

    by Chowzoi on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 08:40:49 AM PST

  •  That's an excellent use of funds--ads against (11+ / 0-)

    someone not running in deep red Kentucky.  If these idiots want to donate to a guy who had such a bad showing in November, hey, go for it.

    "Maybe we should march on the campus of the electoral college and occupy it until they change their vote"--some wingnut, Worldnetdaily

    by chicago minx on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 08:41:53 AM PST

    •  deep red? (15+ / 0-)

      Kentucky has a week Democratic Party but its people are not "deep red."   More voters are registered Democrat than Repuublican.  Polls show Judd close on the the incumbent who is Senate Majority Leader.  

      If Democrats organized and waged a amart campaign they could win in Kentucky.   Let us stop writing off states that where the Democrats have neglected to fight.

      •  I'm not writing it off at all (1+ / 0-)
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        I am saying it has not gone blue in quite awhile.

        "Maybe we should march on the campus of the electoral college and occupy it until they change their vote"--some wingnut, Worldnetdaily

        by chicago minx on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 09:14:00 AM PST

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        •  Bill Clinton won Kentucky. (4+ / 0-)
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          quaoar, Eikyu Saha, Amber6541, rsmpdx

          Twice.

          As did Jimmy Carter.

          •   KY is a red state (1+ / 0-)
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            Rube Goldberg

            My point is Rove is spending this money not in PA, FL, NC, CO--he's spending it in freaking KY.  He shouldn't have to be wasting money running ads against a woman who isn't even running..  Seems desperate.

            "Maybe we should march on the campus of the electoral college and occupy it until they change their vote"--some wingnut, Worldnetdaily

            by chicago minx on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 10:31:09 AM PST

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            •  Kentucky may be the subject matter of the ad, but (1+ / 0-)
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              Stude Dude

              this really is a pretty smart move by Rove to generate free nationwide coverage and raise a helluvba lot more $ than the costs of the ad.

              BTW, as a KY guy, I can assure you that Ashley Judd will NOT run for Senate.  This is a Hollywood PR thing.  Ashley is in the middle of a dissolution of marriage.  She was in DC for inaug, but acted like a movie star, not a candidate, and didn't attend the KDP reception.  Which would have been what a real candidate would do.

              Judd's association with Kentucky stops at the Derby and UK basketball.

              Just so you know, Kentucky Dems control the governor's office and all constitutional offices but one.  The state senate is R, but the house is D, as it has been for some time.

              Congress, however, is a different story.  Both Senators are R and 5 of 6 Members of Congress are GOPers, and bad ones.  If the national Dems would reach out to Kentucky, it could make some difference imo.  But it will take time.

      •  hmmm.... (3+ / 0-)
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        Eikyu Saha, susanaii, merckx155

        I hate to put it like this but...

        Presumable, THE black man won't be on the ballot in November 2016...more than likely it will be a white person (possibly a white woman) at the top of the Presidential ticket.

        That alone might net the Dems a few more votes in places like Kentucky or Arkansas (remember, there were 2008 polls that said that if Hillary were at the top of the ticket, she would have won Arkansas)

  •  Karl Rove has The Smell of Fear (12+ / 0-)

    either that or he's using nail polish remover as aftershave

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 08:43:58 AM PST

  •  She must be polling impressively n/t (10+ / 0-)

    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 08:50:54 AM PST

  •  It's skit-like (3+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, leonard145b, Aunt Pat

    this bizarre behavior is a study in something but I'm not sure what.

    I'm pretty tired of being told what I care about.

    by hulibow on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 08:51:12 AM PST

  •  Um... why is her picture in a tree? nt (3+ / 0-)
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    leonard145b, Aunt Pat, Capt Crunch

    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 08:54:41 AM PST

  •  Good luck, Karl. (9+ / 0-)

    Ashley Judd is charismatic and far from stupid. Making a bimbo out of her ain't gonna work.

    The thing about quotes on the internet is you cannot confirm their validity. ~Abraham Lincoln

    by raboof on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 08:54:59 AM PST

  •  Spend $10,000 to make "fun" of her? (5+ / 0-)
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    viral, eXtina, Aunt Pat, cocinero, Pandora

    Doesn't it sound like Rove has a spending problem? Like a shopaholic who cannot stop buying things, he can't seem to stop spending money on political attack ads, this latest to make "fun" of a person who is not even running for office. I can't even make sense of it.

    It does occur to me that after spending $100 million plus on the last election and receiving zero return for the effort, maybe Rove is just out of money and this is his way of soliciting more $ and whipping up more suckers (donors) to kick money into his leaky coffers.

  •  wait until they figure out (4+ / 0-)
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    eXtina, Aunt Pat, implicate order, raboof

    that she was supposed to be in natural born killers...

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 08:56:44 AM PST

  •  Karl, Karl... (4+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, 6ZONite, anastasia p, rsmpdx

    Your best is behind you.

    You so need to retire.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 09:00:19 AM PST

  •  " far out on the left wing" (4+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, Capt Crunch, eXtina, cybersaur

    I'm definitely supporting her campaign with a donation when she runs.

    Thanks for making up my mind Karl.

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    by Shockwave on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 09:02:43 AM PST

  •  Perhaps the newer Mrs. Rove should take (1+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat

    note of Karl's obsession with Ms. Judd and see if he proceeds to using GOP money to drub one of the Kardashians or Eva Longoria next based on the possibility that she might run.  Karl is not doing pre-emptive strikes; no, he's trying to keep himself relevant and leaping into the world of fem celebrity to do it.  Very cheesy and very desperate.

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    by judyms9 on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 09:04:25 AM PST

  •  Of course (0+ / 0-)

    if she is not a candidate or public official, at some point she is protected by libel laws, and may be able to improve her bank balance at the expense of Rove's PAC.

    We can have change for the better.

    by phillies on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 09:05:42 AM PST

  •  preventive swiftboating has worked well for rove (3+ / 0-)
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    LordMike, 88kathy, rsmpdx

    over the years. talk radio does most of the work while the left and dems who would claim to get her back will have no idea what their local RW radio stations are doing to her.

    works great with admin job nominees where the political liability gets too high and the nominee or the admin decides its no worth the fight to beat back a bunch of well established lies and rumors, like with susan rice, eliz warren, van jones, and on and on.

    if she's a threat to them the Kentucky talk radio blowhards will get regular anti  Judd topic suggestions from those think tanks. like with Eliz Warren and other prominent races the national blowhards will also attack her, which also triggers the local wannabes.

    university of kentucky (3) and louisville (1) will be broadcasting sports on 4 limbaugh stations and probably a few more of those RW radio stations that will be trashing Judd relentlessly until she declares she won't run.

    it works great, a lot better than it would if the left had some organized opposition to the right's best media weapon- it ain't TV ads

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 09:09:01 AM PST

  •  Didn't Rove do this last cycle as well? I seem to (2+ / 0-)
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    LordMike, 88kathy

    recall he crapped out an internet-only ad solely to give the Fox News mothership a reason to have him on and talk about completely unrelated BS.

    Yes friends, they even game their own damn system.

    Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank.
    Give a man a bank and he can rob the world.

    by here4tehbeer on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 09:09:13 AM PST

  •  "Whatever"? Or "Bqhatevwr"? (3+ / 0-)
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    LordMike, Egalitare, jds1978

    I voted for the human beings.

    by denig on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 09:09:17 AM PST

  •  Personally, I'm going to enjoy the sound of (3+ / 0-)
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    eXtina, MaikeH, cybersaur

    "Senator Judd" with pretty much the same mirth I enjoyed hearing the sound of "Senator Franken."

    "Every now & then your brain gifts you with the thought, 'oh, that's right, I don't actually give a **** about this.' Treasure it" -- jbou

    by kenlac on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 09:10:46 AM PST

  •  Good lord (1+ / 0-)
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    jds1978

    They stretched the heck out of that picture in an effort to make the pixie-like Ashley Judd look fat.

    The more Democrats fight, the more we win.

    by Mark Gisleson on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 09:17:19 AM PST

  •  They're scared of her for some reason... (2+ / 0-)
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    raboof, native

    Probably because she'll raise gobs of money, and McConnell thought he'd have a 10-1 money advantage against any challenger.  

    Also GOP always seem to try and recruit celebrities - Gary Senise was rumored to be recruited at one point to run for President recently afterall.  They also loved the idea of Clint Eastwood talking to a chair.  And GOP attacked 2008 Obama as a "celebrity", trying to change a positive of getting huge crowds and excitement into a negative.

    Judd is much smarter than folks will initially assume which would be a big boost for her, and she's charismatic as hell - standing next to McConnell would make ol Mitch look even more bland and boring than usual.  Also having the Senate Majority Leader having to lower himself to debate a "Hollywood Actress" probably pisses off McConnell as well - would he be able to hide his contempt?

    McConnell wants a sitting Kentucky Pol to challenge him, because he knows he can win in a off-the-national-radar race with his gobs of money and the McConnell Machine in Kentucky. Hell that's why no pol is stepping up to challenge him - because he'll crush their careers if they dare try.  Judd has nothing to lose running, she can raise tens of millions from her Hollywood friends and beat McConnell badly on style points.  

    Her embrace of Pres Obama will hurt her some, but Obama has ran his last campaign/election - so the white hot hate some have for him might mellow a bit.  Also McConnell's complete obstruction could hurt him more because folks in 2014 will start thinking about the next President in 2016 more than Pres Obama - and McConnell's obstruction could be framed as setting a terrible precedent where the opposition party makes their sole goal to make the new President a one-term President rather than trying to work with them and find common ground for the good of the country.  Make the election a referendum on the GOP obstruction and have Judd state that no matter who was elected President in 2016, that she'd try to work with them and find common ground on issues because that is really what Kentucky and America wants.  

    Keystone XL Pipeline - Canada gets the money, Asia gets the oil, America gets the toxic refinery pollution and potential for a pipeline leak ecological disaster.

    by Jacoby Jonze on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 09:18:14 AM PST

    •  No Birdbrained chick (1+ / 0-)
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      cybersaur

      I was blown away by Judd when she appeared on Bill Maher's show. I knew her name, but nothing of her politics. Turns out she's a genuine progressive, well versed on the issues, passionate and very fast on her feet.

      Should she run she will give McConnell a tough race and I'll be behind her.

      I'm sure there must be an archive of 'Real Time' episodes if one were interested in seeing her appearance.

    •  You find McConnell bland and boring looking? (0+ / 0-)

      To me, he looks like an overgrown mud turtle; decidedly ugly and textbook cracker!

    •  Remember that actor candidate they had? (0+ / 0-)

      Fred Thompson? Everyone was touting him the way they were touting Rick Perry for a while, and then he turned out to have all the excitement of that dishrag you just used to clean up cat vomit. I just remember that he was one of the most low-energy and indifferent candidates I have ever seen.

      Jon Husted is a dick.

      by anastasia p on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 10:31:07 AM PST

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      •  Thompson was the flavor of the month for a while (1+ / 0-)
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        The GOP (and a lot of Beltway pundits) were drooling over him as this "manly-man" candidate who just oozed testosterone and was Reagan come again. Then he hit the trail and proved to have all the energy and charisma of a narcoleptic tortise. Every time he was on screen he seemed like all he wanted to be was back home chilling in his La-Z-Boy. So naturally he tanked pretty quick.

      •  Thompson Was Never (0+ / 0-)

        a serious candidate.  Some fixer got him to run based on the impression people had of the characters he'd played in teevee and films.  He's craggy-looking and has the kind of phony gravitas that got Tweety Matthews all excited.  As soon as he started making the slightest impact, the political reporters found out he'd been one of the most ineffective senators in history and pretty much too lazy to run for reelection.  He also couldn't be bothered to do the actual work of campaigning.

        Eat, drink, and be fat and drunk.

        by Ref on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 11:12:27 AM PST

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  •  Making fun, eh? Very well. Ever notice that Rove's (0+ / 0-)

    head looks like a soft-boiled egg?

    "They come, they come To build a wall between us We know they won't win."--Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over."

    by Wildthumb on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 09:26:12 AM PST

  •  Rove keeps Kentucky barefoot and GOP. (0+ / 0-)

    guns are fun v. hey buddy, watch what you are doing -- which side are you on?

    by 88kathy on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 09:28:54 AM PST

  •  Go King and Coffman! (0+ / 0-)

    I hope King runs in Ia. and uses a deep pocket group to go at Rove and "fake moderate" Latham. "Thank you Citizens United!" Then we can truly say "hello" to Sen. Braley. BTW, will Rove be backing wing nut/birther Coffman in the Col. 6th in his 2014 midterm run? Coffman barely edged out poorly financed, scandal-plagued (Doran Kaye) and unknown Miklosi by just 2%. Now, heavyweignt Andrew Romanoff is in the race. Of course, Rove may try to damage Romanoff by smearing him early in the Col. primary so Dems. can get unknown Middleton or Newell.this  Go Romanoff! For more on recent politics and Romanoff's entry into the Col. 6th race, read  

  •  If Ashley's serious... (1+ / 0-)
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    cybersaur

    ...she needs to be going to every little Kentucky county fair and small-town festival in the state-- starting this summer. With her charm and poise, she would dominate the local media with her very presence.

    Doing this would demonstrate that she's serious about the campaign and energize her fundraising base across the country.

  •  Current Republican mythology (0+ / 0-)

    The story goes something like, Obama only won because he jumped on Mitt's back and defined him as a rich, privileged, money manipulator and Romney never was able to recover. That and, you know, Acorn were the only reason the Kenyan Moslem Nazi Communist was elected. I would expect the Rs will hit early and often against possible Democratic opposition for contested seats.

  •  Obama = Brilliant... (2+ / 0-)
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    anastasia p, pimutant

    ...Karl Rove = Not so much.

  •  Andrew Sullivan makes the point that (0+ / 0-)

    a big part of the Republican Party's identity crisis stems from its inability to admit that G.W.Bush's presidency was a national disaster. On multiple levels.

    Instead they are acting as if it had never even happened. A kind of denial. As a result they are unable to analyse what went wrong and move constructively forward. Of course it doesn't help that Karl Rove himself, Dubya's foremost cheerleader, is still in charge of rallying the troops.

  •  Every candidate Crossroads supported lost, sooooo (1+ / 0-)
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    cybersaur

    if I'm Ashley Judd, I'm thinking maybe I SHOULD run....

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    Confronting the criminally insane who rule our state; as well as the apathy of the vast majority who let them.

    by SemDem on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 10:33:44 AM PST

  •  What if she doesn't run? (0+ / 0-)

    I'm sure his donors will really appreciate his wasting of their money on a non-existent threat. He's lucky he can find any donors at this point and if this doesn't pan out, he may be left explaining to them why he used their money to go after an actress. He's basically putting all his eggs in one basket. McConnel is going to have a hard enough time explaining away his "one term" statement. Whoever the democratic nominee is, it would be in their best interest to make it an issue in the campaign. Plus, who else is going to see this besides the right wing base? It's a web ad. This is the GOP's biggest problem, they won't reach out beyond their base. Especially Rove.

    •  It's a web ad - cost next to nothing. (0+ / 0-)

      Basically just showing Judd what she'd be facing if she did get in.  

      Keystone XL Pipeline - Canada gets the money, Asia gets the oil, America gets the toxic refinery pollution and potential for a pipeline leak ecological disaster.

      by Jacoby Jonze on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 10:46:58 AM PST

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  •  Y'know... (1+ / 0-)
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    jds1978

    It says something about the GOP that Rove was able to succeed with a candidate like Dubya but hasn't been able to find GOP merchandise of equal Quality to hawk since, doesn't it?  Sheesh.

    "Injustice wears ever the same harsh face wherever it shows itself." - Ralph Ellison

    by KateCrashes on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 11:35:57 AM PST

  •  last straw (0+ / 0-)

    karl is soooo out of the ya ya sisterhood.  and i'm not even sorry.

    "What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say"~Ralph Waldo Emerson

    by 73rd virgin on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 12:25:34 PM PST

  •  ♫ Since Rovin's been our ru-eye-in, (0+ / 0-)

    we'll no more go a-Rovin'...

    (1:53)
    From Moby Dick (1956)

  •  looks like the talking ham is really worried. :D (0+ / 0-)

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