Senate Minority Leader
McConnell is not all that popular back home. Democrats, of course, can’t stand him and
McConnell is in the kind of political pickle that his Democratic counterpart, Senate Majority Leader
Judd was an unknown commodity as a candidate. Being a celebrity won her immediate attention when it was learned she was contemplating a run, but she lacks the star power of outspoken Hollywood liberals like
What her celebrity life offered to Republicans was a golden hoard of raw material for attack ads. The nearly nude photos probably would not have done Judd much harm (nearly nude photos of McConnell, on the other hand, would send voters careening for the exits), but her anguished memoir and bleeding-heart rhetoric offered rich material. Many voters would be appalled by the reason she refused to have children with her hunky, Scottish, race car driving, soon-to-be-ex-husband.
"It's unconscionable to breed, with the number of children who are starving to death in impoverished countries," Judd is widely quoted as saying.
Kentuckians generally are pro-breeding folk. Plus, her comparison of certain coal mining techniques to the genocide in Rwanda might not have won her many fans in coal country.
So, all things considered, McConnell is probably sorry to see Ashley use the old, seldom believable "need to spend time with my family" excuse to get out of a run against him. (With a pending divorce and no kids, one might ask, "What family, Ashley?")
Republican Party officials are openly mocking the Democrats for their failure to come up with a candidate to run against McConnell, but they should not get too smug. Former President