I don’t think there is any doubt that Ashley Judd was a bright light for the democrats this year when it was greatly needed. She was exuberant, a fresh face, lively and a wonderful voice in our party. Judd was just what the doctor ordered during times I worried if Nero was fiddling on the roof.
Let’s take a look at online reports, shall we?:
If she runs, the GOP opponent would be none other than Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, one of the top Republican lawmakers in the United States. Democrats would love to knock off Senator McConnell, in part because in 2010 he said the most important thing the GOP could achieve would be “for President Obama to be a one-term president.”
Would Judd have a chance against such an experienced and hard-nosed politician?
There have been countless online reports in the last few days about her running in Kentucky against Mitch McConnell. Of course that sounds awfully fun and I would love to see her pound him into the ground yet there are a few things to take into consideration. I go back to what I wrote and referenced yesterday from an Alaskan editorial:
Leaders don’t say: “Who do you want me to be?” They say: “This is who I am.”
Judd has said who she is. She has eloquently told you “This is who I am.”
There isn’t any doubt about where she stands on women’s issues, civil rights and her call for unity among democrats last month to move things forward. She doesn’t hide from controversial issues. Judd doesn’t disappear behind a murky message. She’s clear and concise. The key is will democratic leaders in Kentucky, and Tennessee for that matter if it where to happen which I think won’t, be willing to have a candidate who isn’t going to compromise their positions?
You see, I find that to be really important.
I wrote earlier this year that I really thought it would be great if Sen. Beverly Marrero, who got hosed by a member of her own party during redistricing, would run for Senate. She is an amazing environmentalist, has taken strong positions on many issues and doesn’t take a lick of crap from anyone. I think it would have been hard to beat Bob Corker, but dammit if she couldn’t have spread an amazing message across the state.
There are women like Judd and Marrero who not only talk the talk, but they also walk the walk. The issue comes down to whether or not Judd will be allowed to spread her message which resonates with a lot of people without the obligatory “tone it down” whisper that tends to happen during campaign initiatives.
I think it is important that we introduce candidates who tell you who they are. Candidates in 2014 that ask “Who do you want me to be?” didn’t do very well in the last few election cycles. So why not let folks be who they are and let’s ease along.
Let’s also remember a bit of history as well, Bella Abzug, Shirley Chisholm, Lois DeBerry, Annabelle Clement O’Brien not only opened doors in recent history, but they kicked those bastards down.
Maybe Ashley Judd can too.
Who knows, but I’m rooting for her if she decides she wants to do it.