According to actress Ashley Judd, challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for his Kentucky seat wouldn’t be that bad — or it at least wouldn’t be as bad as being raped.
“I have been raped twice, so I think I can handle Mitch McConnell,” she apparently said at a private dinner in February, The Huffington Post reported.
Yet maybe Judd can’t handle the Senate Minority Leader, since she announced via Twitter on Wednesday that she would not be running for McConnell’s Senate seat in 2014.
Regretfully, I am currently unable to consider a campaign for the Senate.I have spoken to so many Kentuckians over these last few months ~— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) March 27, 2013
~ who expressed their desire for a fighter for the people & new leader.While that won't be me at this time, I will continue to work as ~— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) March 27, 2013
as hard as I can to ensure the needs of Kentucky families are met by returning this Senate seat to whom it rightfully belongs: the people &— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) March 27, 2013
their needs, dreams, and great potential.Thanks for even considering me as that person & know how much I love our Commonwealth. Thank you!— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) March 27, 2013
Judd added that she needs to be spending time with her family, but she thanked her supporters for their prayers. It was a graceful end to a sometimes less-than-graceful pre-campaign.
But Judd should send a thank-you note to the mainstream media.
Somehow, despite the fact that the HuffPo article was written earlier this month, no one picked up on her incredibly insulting “rape” comment until it was brought to light by Alex Pappas of The Daily Caller the day before Judd announced she was not running.
In a political world where a comment about “legitimate rape” can almost immediately kill one’s chances of being elected, it’s surprising that Judd’s insensitive remark didn’t create a media fury. But then again, since Judd is a liberal, Hollywood darling, perhaps it’s not so surprising after all.
While Judd said she could “handle” fighting against McConnell and the GOP, she increasingly seemed less and less suited for a role in public office. Even though Judd was once gearing up for a big fight against McConnell, she still had yet to re-establish her residency in Kentucky. Heck, she didn’t even live in the U.S. half the year.
And so Judd’s possible Senate campaign ended on her own terms, instead of in disgrace over her rape remarks. She got the last laugh.