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    Dems Botch Ashley Judd Smear Reply

    McConnell’s national rise has been aided by his utterly inept opposition, writes Jonathan Miller.

    When Mitch McConnell, perhaps America’s most powerful Republican senator, was caught on tape with senior aides lampooning then–potential opponent Ashley Judd's courageous public admission of her past struggle with depression, you’d expect Kentucky Democrats to respond briskly to this vicious smear, right?

    Wrong. Instead most Democrats—the state's party chair and one state senator have been rare exceptions—have piled onto the GOP-driven, media-fueled bandwagon that’s instead been focused singularly on decrying the alleged behavior of two independently acting 20-somethings who may or may not have been involved in recording the meeting.

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    The Dems Who Pushed Out Ashley Judd

    Judd adviser Jonathan Miller on the small coterie of state Democrats who duped the national press and helped nudge her out of the Senate race.

    “We’d like to have you join us this afternoon for a discussion on the Ashley Judd campaign,” the young, national-talk-show producer chirped into my phone. ”We understand that she will be announcing her candidacy within the next 24 hours.”

    “I’d love to join you,” I responded. A recovering politician never turns down 15 minutes.) “But, uh, I’m pretty sure, uh, she’s not announcing.”

  • Actress Ashley Judd addresses the crowd during Tennesseans For Obama Benefit at The Cannery Ballroom on Oct. 4, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Rick Diamond/Getty)

    Kentucky on Her Mind

    Ashley Judd’s D.C. Audition

    The actress got political at a Washington event, but danced around talk of a Senate run. By Miranda Green.

    Ashley Judd sounded as if she was trying out for a new role—and perhaps she was.

    At George Washington University on Friday, the actress made one of her first public appearances in D.C. since word spread that she’s considering running for the U.S. Senate. And it was obviously a chance for her to test the political waters.

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    Preempting a possible Senate run.

    Karl Rove’s super PAC didn't wait for Ashley Judd to make a bid for the Senate before launching a mocking ad. The television spot, which will run for two weeks in Kentucky, is a parody of a Judd campaign ad that sarcastically lauds the actress for being a “radical Hollywood liberal” and knocks her for saying “Tennessee is home.” The ad concludes by calling Judd “an Obama-following, radical Hollywood liberal, who’s right at home in Tennessee. I mean Kentucky.” There has been speculation that Judd might run against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2014, but she hasn’t made any public statements on the matter. In December the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling found Judd trailing McConnell by four points.

    Read it at CBS