Dear Ms. Judd,
Twice in the last two weeks, the mention of your name has almost made me drive off the road. The first time was when some smug pundit made a rude comment about nudity in your movies and dared hint that it made you a less viable candidate for Mitch McConnell’s seat.
The second time was this morning, when they announced that you had set a date to publicly confirm you were going to run. I actually shouted, “YES!” and pumped my fist in the car victoriously.
I’m not sure why I feel passionate about this, Ms. Judd. I’m not a die-hard fan of your movies, though you have both beauty and talent. But I am a fan of brave women and I believe you to be brave.
You are embarking on a course which will be exhausting and result in numerous personal attacks. People will criticize you for your hair, your makeup, your outfit, like they have anything to do with leadership (just like they picked on Hillary’s hair for years).They will present you in Beauty and the Beast photospreads like this:
(They will also misspell your name.)
People will complain about your lack of experience. I don’t know what they’re complaining about. Reagan only had eight years as governor of California before being elected to the highest office.
They will mock the fact that you live in Tennessee (please establish residency soon, by the way). Speaking as someone who lived in Florida for seven years and moved back, it makes me no less a Kentuckian. I’ve seen your face on posters for the Wildcats. I know you love Kentucky.
As far as the nudity goes, being completely unclothed in Terminator II didn’t prevent Mr. Schwarzenegger from serving two terms as governor of California. But I doubt that will matter to your critics, because you had the temerity to think you were permitted to show the body you possess.
You certainly aren’t picking Kentucky because it’s an easy race. For a state full of University of Kentucky fans, we’re awfully red when it comes to politics. I’ve been blue in a red state for many years. Five-term Mitch McConnell is as entrenched here as a senator can be.
But there are lots of us begging for a change. Would we sacrifice a senior legislator for a brand new face? I want to believe yes. The answer is probably no. But I will vote for you, Ms. Judd.
I will vote for you because you represent the voice of a lot of people who have been ignored in Kentucky politics for decades now, thanks to McConnell’s deadlock on the seat.
People call Mitch McConnell lots of ugly names, too. He runs a hard and dirty race, backed by massive cash reserves. Don’t let us be the state of Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul and “Call of the WIldman”.
I know you don’t know me, Ms. Judd, but I urge you to go for it. If I had a daughter, I would point at you and say, “There is someone fighting for what they believe is right.”
Even if you lose, I will be proud to say I voted for you. Run for it, Ms. Judd, and don’t look back.
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