|Your pick: Her ...|
|... or laughing boy, here.|
The problem for McConnell right now is not so much Ashley Judd. It is not the Republican Party's far right--in which I'd hand him a membership card. It is himself. Consider:
His approval rating of 37 percent of Kentucky's voters is the lowest of any senator nationally. His disapproval rate is an astonishing (for a sitting senator and Majority Leader) 55 percent.
Just half the voters in the Kentucky Republican Party would like to see McConnell re-nominated. Thirty-five percent want somebody more conservative (how the hell do you get more conservative than Mitch "Filibuster" McConnell?).
McConnell leads Ashley Judd--hardly a political heavyweight--47 percent to 43 percent in a recent poll. That, my friends, is the very definition of vulnerable. It ain't her; it's him.
If the Judds don't run, there's always George Clooney, another Kentuckian with a strong interest in left-leaning politics. His dad once ran for the House, but lost. Remember: Kentucky is heavily Republican, but sometimes name recognition trumps that (see Ronald Reagan, Republican, California).