Tuesday, September 4, 2012

For Embattled Tennessee Democrats, Ashley Judd Brings Hope

Posted By on Tue, Sep 4, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Just as Tennessee Democrats seemed about to follow Neanderthals into extinction, Ashley Judd has appeared out of nowhere to give the party a little life. The actress is a Tennessee delegate to this week’s Democratic National Convention. She’s a big hit, attracting headlines as she gives speeches all over the convention.

"At any time, in any relationship, at any age, and in any place, rape is rape," Judd told the Ohio Delegation while kneecapping Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin.

To Tennessee’s delegates, she gave a ringing defense of the Affordable Care Act — something our state’s imbecilic Democratic office-holders can't bring themselves to do.

Judd is announcing the delegation’s vote for nominating President Obama from the convention floor during tomorrow’s state-by-state roll call. About that, she says, "I cannot believe I get to do the roll call. I mean, I love being an American.”

OK, we’ve heard enough already. Somebody get that woman a qualifying petition for the next statewide ballot. Judd, who has a master’s degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, is exactly what this state’s Democrats need to climb out of the toilet bowl — a smart, articulate, attractive, charismatic new leader for the 21st century. And she’s rich too! Pardon us while we swoon.

The Mark Clayton fiasco makes it painfully obvious that — at a minimum, going forward — the party absolutely must recruit legitimate statewide candidates to give voters a real choice.

Judd offers hope for the future for Democrats and for competitive politics in this state. Now where’s Tim McGraw?

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