Karl Rove is an idiot. He has handed Ashley Judd and the Democratic Party the most valuable gift a candidate and party could receive, the attention and public vetting of a potential U.S. Senate candidate. His ridiculous attack ad against Ashley Judd before the actress has even decided to run against Mitch McConnell, provides Democrats with knowledge that would have been extremely time consuming and expensive. But thanks to Karl Rove, Judd and the Democratic Party are getting it for free.
While most of the media has focused on Rove’s ad as evidence that the GOP does indeed fear a Judd candidacy, they are, as usual, missing the big picture. So if Karl Rove’s brilliant plan is to scare Judd and nip her candidacy in the bud, it is the handiwork of a rank amateur and worst move a political consultant can make.
If he is “successful” and his very generic attack works to dissuade Judd from running, it will serve as a huge benefit to Democrats. If Judd is at all rattled by this ad, she would make a horrible candidate against the powerful McConnell. In that case Rove essentially forced out what would have been a very weak challenge to McConnell. Yes, Karl Rove is an idiot.
And if the ad is unable to weaken Judd, then the would-be Senate candidate looks to be an even stronger candidate in the eyes of all observers. So in the end, either what would have been a terrible candidate is thankfully eliminated, or a strong candidate, becomes even stronger. Thanks, Karl Rove.
The ad also began what could be called the public vetting of Ashley Judd. The ad gave publicity, and more importantly, to a possible Judd candidacy, thus setting into motion both the press and the public deciding if she is a worthy candidate. Another win-win for Judd and the Democrats. Long before the time comes to actually nominate a challenger to McConnell, we’ll know just how strong a candidate we have in Judd. Thank you Karl Rove.
Just think what the Senate would look like if the GOP had known what horrible people it was nominating when the likes of Sharon Angle, Christine O’Donnell, Ken Buck, Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock were on the ballot. Thanks to Karl Rove we Democrats now get a chance to run Ashley Judd, before actually having to run Ashley Judd.
But the media is right to point out that this very, very early attack does point out acknowledged weakness in McConnell’s reelection campaign. Which demonstrates another glaring reason why Karl Rove is indeed an indeed an idiot. In both life and politics the old saying still rings true:
If you’re scared…don’t show it.