The other day, I made note of all the bemusing reactions in Kentucky about whether Ashley Judd would run for the Senate in Kentucky. I made mention at that time, as well, of my personal preference that people elected to the high office, under ideal circumstances, at least have been elected to some public office.
Now comes the news story that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), the state's junior senator, has publicly trashed her candidacy. My first reaction was that, as little experience as Ms. Judd has, it's more than Mr. Paul did when he ran for the Senate. At least she has a Masters degree in government from Harvard. Having a father in Congress was the extent of Mr. Paul's experience. He did head up an anti-tax organization, but then she was a global ambassador for YouthAIDS, so it's a semi-experience wash. Unless you consider YouthAIDs a higher humanitarian effort than a rich guy not wanting to pay taxes.
"When I heard Ashely Judd might run for office," Mr. Paul told CNN, "I thought it was Parliament because she lives in Scotland half of the year."
I know how he feels. Me, when I heard that Rand Paul might run for office, I thought it was the Ophthamologist Society because he was...well, an eye doctor. All the time.
He also added, dismissively, "Ashley Judd is a famous actress, she's an attractive woman, and presents herself well and from what I understand is articulate."
Four things that Rand Paul is not.
Though I think he shows great promise acting like a man who cares about others.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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