Get your popcorn ready. Karl Rove said Thursday he’s planning much more than a sequel to the attack ad his super PAC premiered earlier this week against actress Ashley Judd, a Democrat, considering a run against Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
“She’s going to get to know that she’s not going to be able to wait until the screenwriters from California and producers make her look good and prepare the ads and give her lots of lines to memorize so that she can handle these things,” Rove told Fox News host Bill O’Reilly. “We’re going to make her start saying where she’s coming from.”
It's the same strategy that the Democrats did to Romney before he was nominated. They poisoned the well by attacking him while he was still in a battle for his nomination. It is difficult to fight two political campaigns at the same time.
She is intending to challenge Mitch McConnell. He is a very important person to the GOP.
Rove still does not get it. Running the ad only continues to hurt the GOP. Rove thinks he's getting double bang for his bucks by attacking Hollywood and a potential challenger to McConnell. Judd is a savvy media public figure. She will use that to her advantage. And its obvious the GOP is nervous about losing more Senate seats. To think they have to worry about Kentucky shows how concerned the GOP is.
Ashley Judd is seen by many political observers as Democrats' best bet to upset Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell next year, but the party's powerbrokers have so far been unwilling to commit to backing the actress-turned-activist. Via Politico:
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is not throwing its weight behind Ashley Judd yet. On a conference call with reporters Monday, the committee’s executive director, Guy Cecil, described the actress Monday as one in "a handful of quality candidates in Kentucky."
He would not directly deny a report in the Louisville Eccentric Observer that his committee is reevaluating Judd and giving a second look at Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes after a poll conducted for the DSCC found her outperforming Judd against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
While Grimes doesn't have the national profile that Judd does, she has proved successful at the state level, beating an incumbent Democrat in a 2011 primary on her way to a general election victory that November. She is also the daughter of Jerry Lundergan, the former state party chairman, which is likely one reason Democratic officials are in no hurry to pick a winner before the primary battle even begins.
Rove still does not get it. Running the ad only continues to hurt the GOP.