Friday, November 9, 2012

Kentucky Thumbs Nose at Ashley Judd; Tennessee Dems Celebrate

Posted By on Fri, Nov 9, 2012 at 2:11 PM

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Score one for Tennessee in our tug-of-war with Kentucky over Ashley Judd.

In Kentucky, they’re dissing Judd as a potential Senate candidate against Mitch McConnell. Why? Because she’s against blowing off the tops of Kentucky’s mountains. That’s right, Judd has the audacity to oppose mountaintop removal mining (plus she’s a fan of Barack Obama!) so conventional wisdom says she’s got zero chance against McConnell. (The Louisville Courier Journal is all over this, reporting here that possibly it’s not the end for Judd, politically speaking, to hate environmentally devastating methods of coal mining.)

You won’t find any such critiques of Judd at Pith in the Wind (unless somebody else decides to write it). That’s because (a) we’re against blowing up mountains too and (b) we don’t want to scare her away.

We’ve wasted so many years following absurdities like Mark Clayton and Mike McWherter and Bob Clement that we’re practically dumbfounded when a possible candidate of Judd’s caliber comes along. We’re starving for a lively campaign with actual issues and candidates who care about things, you know, like they have in states with real democracies. Think of the fun of watching Judd chase the ancient Lamar! all over Tennessee, making him hustle to keep his job.

Could a populist liberal, even one with real star power like Judd, actually win a statewide campaign in Tennessee or Kentucky? Maybe not. But wouldn’t you love to see her try?

Lest you doubt Judd’s charisma, watch this video of her speaking out against mountaintop removal mining:

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