U.S. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is clearly worried about running for reelection in 2014 against actress / Democratic activist Ashley Judd.
He's posted ANOTHER ad attacking her and she's not even running yet!
McConnell's ad goes after Judd and three other possible Democratic challengers pretty hard, labeling them collectively “Obama’s Kentucky Candidate.”
The premise is that Obama is holding some sort of town hall meeting to pick Sen. McConnell’s opponent, and he goes from one person to the next.
The video editing is clever and the result is humorous, no doubt.
First up is Ed Marksberry, a former congressional candidate, then former U.S. Ambassador to Sweden Matthew Barzun, followed by Ashley Judd.
Then President Obama calls on “the young lady with the pink, white blouse right there.... Wait until the microphone comes up introduce yourself.”
Next thing you know, there’s Judd at the podium at last year’s Democratic convention, saying, “From the Volunteer State, I proudly stand to nominate ... “
“Whoa, whoa, whoa,” goes Obama in the reaction shot, cut to make it appear as if he disapproves of the fact that she's actually a resident of Tennessee.
The 44-year-old was a 2012 Democratic National Convention delegate from the Volunteer State, not from Kentucky, where she was born and raised.
The ad goes on to make it abundantly clear that possible Senate candidate Ashley Judd is not a Kentucky resident and is close with Barack Obama.
Kentucky went big for Mitt Romney last fall, so it's not a bad strategy ... but it begs the question: Why is McConnell running this ad so early, if at all?
Why did he run the previous ad attacking her alone, when she hasn't even said if she's running in an election that takes place 21 months from now?
Well, only 17 percent of Bluegrass State voters said they would be sure to support McConnell - the GOP's highest-ranking U.S. Senator - in 2014.
Even in a conservative state, he is LITERALLY the least popular member of the entire Senate, a walking embodiment of partisan gridlock and obstruction.
It’s possible that leaves an opening for Judd. Al Cross, associate professor of journalism at the University of Kentucky and political columnist, writes:
“It’s safe to say that if she ran, she could put in big money, raise a lot more and perhaps put McConnell under unprecedented scrutiny at a time when he’s not all that popular."
In short, expect more ads like this ... for the next two years.