While I like AJ and think McConnell represents a lot of what's wrong about politics, I don't like the fact that celebrity=instant political credibility in this culture.
A number of celebrities have made the transition, Fred Thompson was actually a political figure first, then actor, then back to politics. Reagan had been a "celebrity" (B-movie king), and Eastwood as an exception, in that he was a huge, international superstar and was elected to a local position. Arnold (and was a much bigger celebrity than Ventura or, frankly, Reagan) was similarly situated when he ran for Governor in the same state. Al Franken won a very close race (in liberal Minnesota - interesting how California and Minnesota keep coming back up, isn't it?), and it is arguable whether or not his celebrity was a net gain or a net loss. Webb is kind of like Thompson, in that he had a political background prior to celebrity recognition, then returned to politics.
Ashley Judd would be the highest profile non-political celebrity to seek office at the US Congressional, at least in some time - certainly bigger than Franken or Webb.
It is also interesting to note that there were weird circumstances around many of these higher profile celebrity-involved races - Arnold was initially elected in that crazy race where every crazy person with enough money for the filing fee ran for Governor of California, Ventura won a 3-way race as the reform party candidate and Franken's race also had a strong independent candidate.
Does Ashley Judd's celebrity overcome her disadvantage of running as a progressive Democrat in a state like Kentucky?
After all, she did warn Val Kilmer the cops were there...
This post was edited on 12/4 at 1:58 pm