“Bitter, party of one …?”
The Daily Beast has a long post – “How Kentucky Democrats Duped the MSM and Helped Elbow Out Ashley Judd”– by Lexington-based Democratic activist Jonathan Miller.
Miller’s post essentially is a tell-all detailing machinations behind the aborted Ashley Judd challenge to Sen. Mitch McConnell.
Those machinations boiled down to mainstream Kentucky Democrats spreading rumors and innuendo to embarrass the actress and social activist. (And University of Kentucky basketball fan.)
In the post, Miller – an attorney for Frost Brown Todd – reveals he was a volunteer consultant to Judd as she weighed running against the most powerful Republican in the U.S. Senate.
He describes constantly battling false information (or lies, in plain English), attacks Miller charges were disseminated by Democrats pushing the candidacy of Alison Lundergan Grimes.
From the post:
The past several weeks had seemed like a dizzying blur of false testimony, as the national media seized any morsel of news or gossip to sate its ravenous appetite for Ashley Judd stories. As the actress contemplated whether to move back to Kentucky and challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, I was alternating with Congressman John Yarmuth as witness for the defense against a steady stream of salacious recriminations.
The prosecution was assisted in nearly every article by the same handful of Democratic professionals railing against the prospects of a Judd candidacy, promoting instead the potential Senate candidacy of Kentucky’s young Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes. While many may legitimately believe that Grimes is the better candidate, many of those who have been quoted impugning Judd, or have done so on background, also have personal motives: some stand to profit from a Grimes campaign, some may have been trying to redress perceived “disses” by the actress, and some may be aiming to keep Grimes out of the 2015 gubernatorial race, where she could undermine their preferred candidates.
Big Lie No. 1, Miller reports, included the false rumor that former President Bill Clinton was trying force out Judd. In fact, MIller claims, Clinton supported her.
Big Lie No 2 was that Judd blurted out at dinner party, “I’ve been raped twice, so I think I can handle Mitch McConnell.” Not true, writes Miller, who states he was at that dinner party.
Miller goes on to note the cunning McConnell must have been savoring every moment of watching Kentucky Democrats do what they do best – fight bitter internecine battles on the way to losing senate elections to Republicans.