Actress Ashley Judd hails from Kentucky. She’s starred in some big-budget Hollywood films, the last of which, Twisted, received a whopping 2% from Rotten Tomatoes back in 2004. And now she wants to run for the Senate.
America has seen celebrities-turned-politicians before, of course. Currently sitting in the Senate is Al Franken, who aside from being a voter fraud connoisseur, starred as Stuart Smalley in Saturday Night Live. President Ronald Reagan was a movie star and former head of the Screen Actors Guild. Sonny Bono served in Congress. So did George Murphy. And, of course, there’s former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Judd is just as qualified as any of them when they first ran for office -- Judd's a University of Kentucky graduate, and has a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. She's also a millionaire Hollywood celeb.
But none of them were as far left as Judd. Michelle Malkin called her a “clown” back in 2008 – and no wonder. Judd cut an ad on behalf of the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund ripping Sarah Palin for “casting aside science and championing the slaughter of wildlife.” That ad depicted a dying wolf, with Judd intoning, “Riddled with gunshots, biting at their backs in agony, they die a brutal death.” Judd continued, “It is time to stop Sarah Palin.”
She’s an Obama devotee; she said, “I think that he is a powerful leader, I think that he is a brilliant man. I think that he has an incredible devotion to our Constitution, and that he is now able to flower more as the president I knew he could be.”
She’s also an ardent abortion proponent. When Rick Santorum dropped out of the presidential race this year, Judd cut a snide video for Funny or Die (usually Die) called “Rick Santorum Aborts Presidential Campaign.” The premise of the video: you’re not allowed to abort a campaign, because aborting a campaign is like aborting a baby. She sneers, “The financial burden, the risk of your political career, there is a lot at stake … you’re a grown man running for president, and I’m just a woman who’s never worked in politics and couldn’t possibly understand what you’re going through. I mean, what am I doing even talking to you about this? But here we are.” The video even mocks stopping a baby’s heartbeat.
Then there’s her militant feminism, which led her – an actress who has made her fame and fortune from her beauty – to rip into the media for questions about her puffy face, which she called “a misogynistic assault on all women.” She complained about “the assault on our body image, the hypersexualization of girls and women and subsequent degradation of our sexuality as we walk through the decades, and the general incessant objectification is what this conversation allegedly about my face is really about.” That’s a mouthful from a woman who posed completely nude for Norma Jean & Marilyn.
Ashley Judd is extreme – far too extreme for Kentucky, and too extreme for mainstream America, too. Forget her acting chops. Her political chops don’t cut it.