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NBC 'Today' Crew Fawns Over 'Brilliant' Ashley Judd Possibly Running for Senate
Newsbusters ^ | December 07, 2012 | 10:32 | By Kyle Drennen

Posted on 12/07/2012 3:12:14 PM PST by drewh

In a panel discussion on Wednesday's NBC Today, the morning show cast excitedly touted the possibility of left-wing actress Ashley Judd running for senate against Mitch McConnell in 2014, with co-host Willie Geist declaring: "She was a delegate to the Democratic convention this summer, she's very involved in politics, she's outspoken." [Watch the video after the jump]

News reader Natalie Morales heaped praise on Judd: "She's a brilliant woman....Harvard, I think....she's a U.N. goodwill ambassador, speaks out on HIV/AIDS prevention. And also, you know, she's done so much good for public – public good and she's a great, very smart woman." Celebrity chef Paula Deen, a guest on the show, chimed in: "I've heard that she's an extremely bright woman." Morales added: "Very."

Fellow co-host Savannah Guthrie did raise some skepticism: "What do you guys think about celebrities running for office?" Deen made the comparison: "Well, look at Ronald Reagan, you know, you – I mean, he's – history loves him."

Geist cheered one left-wing comedian turned politician: "Al Franken has done well for himself in the United States Senate."

Wrapping up the segment, Geist mentioned one of Judd's relatives being critical of the actress's political ambitions: "Ashley's own grandmother put out a statement, said, 'Love her to death, but she's just another Hollywood liberal.'"

Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/kyle-drennen/2012/12/07/nbc-today-crew-fawns-over-brilliant-ashley-judd-possibly-running-senat#ixzz2EPVANsHG

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Kentucky
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Even her own grandma knows the truth...
1 posted on 12/07/2012 3:12:20 PM PST by drewh
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To: drewh
"She's a brilliant woman....Harvard, I think....

Actually it was Kentucky.
2 posted on 12/07/2012 3:15:17 PM PST by slumber1 (Don't taze me bro!)
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To: drewh
... HIV/AIDS prevention...

That's easy enough - no buggery, no poking yourself with someone else's used needle.

3 posted on 12/07/2012 3:15:31 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: drewh

Harvard???? No mention of it in her education on Wiki

Judd attended 13 schools before college, including the Sayre School[7] in Lexington, Kentucky, Paul G. Blazer High School in Ashland, Kentucky and Franklin High School in Tennessee.[8] She briefly tried modeling in Japan during a school break. An alumna of the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma at the University of Kentucky, she majored in French and minored in anthropology, art history, theater and women’s studies. She spent a semester studying in France as part of her major, a move that mirrored her role as Reed in the television series Sisters. She graduated from the UK Honors Program and was nominated to Phi Beta Kappa, but did not graduate with her class.[9] Forgoing her commitment to join the Peace Corps, after college she drove to Hollywood, where she studied with well-respected acting teacher, Robert Carnegie, at Playhouse West. During this time, she worked as a hostess at The Ivy restaurant and lived in a Malibu rental house, which burned down during the great Malibu fires of fall 1993. Around that time her half-sister Wynonna Judd gave her a historic farmhouse and some land in Williamson County, Tennessee, so she moved to Tennessee. That farmhouse has been her primary residence in the US ever since.


4 posted on 12/07/2012 3:15:54 PM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: drewh
will she have topless campaign posters???
5 posted on 12/07/2012 3:16:58 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: drewh

From everything I have seen about her, I think she is worthless.

She was born with a beautiful body tho.


6 posted on 12/07/2012 3:17:28 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: drewh

Willie Geist is such a loser.


7 posted on 12/07/2012 3:17:28 PM PST by whitedog57
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To: drewh

“....she’s a U.N. goodwill ambassador”

No mention of that, either...

Ashley Judd’s humanitarian work has revolved around becoming a global ambassador for YouthAIDS, a prevention program under the Population Services International. She has been a member of their Board of Directors since 2004, also. Judd has travelled with YouthAIDS to places affected by illness and poverty such as Cambodia, Kenya, Rwanda, and many others.[26]

Inspired by her travels, which allowed her to witness the life of the poor and uneducated, she has since become an advocate for preventing poverty and promoting awareness internationally. She has met with political and religious leaders, heads of states, diplomats, and leaders on behalf of the deprived to convey the message to those who have the power to bring about political and social change.[26]

Judd has also narrated three documentaries for YouthAIDS which aired internationally on the Discovery Channel, in National Geographic, and on VH1.


8 posted on 12/07/2012 3:18:24 PM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: drewh

Hollywood elites are brilliant and smart. Small business owners who worked for everything they have are selfish and evil. Got it./s


9 posted on 12/07/2012 3:19:59 PM PST by Lets Roll NOW (A baby isn't a punishment, Obama is)
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To: illiac

Maybe she got an honorary masters at Harvard?


10 posted on 12/07/2012 3:20:12 PM PST by drewh
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To: drewh

cult of personality, that is all its about


11 posted on 12/07/2012 3:24:36 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: drewh

“””Geist cheered one left-wing comedian turned politician: “Al Franken has done well for himself in the United States Senate.” “””””

I’m sure he has done well for himself. Maybe not so good for the people of Minnesota though.


12 posted on 12/07/2012 3:25:58 PM PST by shelterguy
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To: drewh

Judd vs. McConnell, may have to think about this one for awhile.


13 posted on 12/07/2012 3:26:42 PM PST by Truth29
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To: Lets Roll NOW

Exactly. Maybe Paula Deen should see how “Smart” her TV buddies would think she was if she decided to run for office. I would be anything they wouldn’t focus on her starting/running a catering biz....a Savannah Restaurant and a TV Show. It would be all about how she cooks unhealthy foods and is a diabetic.......


14 posted on 12/07/2012 3:27:42 PM PST by jakerobins
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To: drewh

She attended the JFK School at Harvard and she studied French and anthropology at U. Kentucky.

“In 2009, she appeared in a one-minute video advertisement for the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund”

That’s what these guys do. Not ONE goes in for “their wonderful contribution to anti abortion, the killing of humans in genocidal proportions. . .”

I’m so unimpressed I could turn ashen grey.


15 posted on 12/07/2012 3:27:42 PM PST by stanne
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To: drewh

She’s just another liberal clown but she did graduate from Harvard. Something called “midcareer master’s program in public administration” at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.


16 posted on 12/07/2012 3:28:00 PM PST by tuffydoodle (Shut up voices, or I'll poke you with a Q-Tip again.)
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To: drewh

“Natalie Morales”

Was this married Matt Lauer’s girlfriend?


17 posted on 12/07/2012 3:30:06 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Lets Roll NOW

Hollywood elites are brilliant and smart................................. As is any candidate they run for anything. Even Al Gore is a genius to them.


18 posted on 12/07/2012 3:31:39 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft (Who we elect is not as important as who they bring in with them.)
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To: drewh

Voters do like celebrities. Do you think any Republican besides Arnold could have been elected in California?


19 posted on 12/07/2012 3:34:10 PM PST by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: drewh
"She's a brilliant woman....Harvard, I think....

OMG So going to an 'Ivy league' school makes you "brilliant". Good lord.

20 posted on 12/07/2012 3:36:52 PM PST by mc5cents
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To: illiac
she majored in French and minored in anthropology, art history, theater and women’s studies.

Oh yeah ... great qualifications right there. O.o

21 posted on 12/07/2012 3:40:30 PM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: F15Eagle

hehe

Lauer’s wife threatened noisy and immediate divorce if Matt’s paramour Morales was named to replace Ann Curry.


22 posted on 12/07/2012 3:40:40 PM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: drewh

American Idol nation. All Hollywierd types will be running soon - Clooney has been itching to run for years.


23 posted on 12/07/2012 3:42:18 PM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: F15Eagle

ding ding winner!!! Matt Lauer’s Wife Threatens Divorce If Natalie Morales Gets Today Co-Host Gig http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2012/06/today-show-replacement-matt-lauer-wife-divorce-natalie-morales


24 posted on 12/07/2012 3:44:08 PM PST by drewh
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To: drewh

Matt’s married to a man, apparently.....


25 posted on 12/07/2012 3:59:40 PM PST by clintonh8r (Happy to be represented by Lt. Col. Allen West)
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To: al_c
she majored in French and minored in anthropology, art history, theater and women’s studies.

Oh yeah ... great qualifications right there. O.o

Just once it would be refreshing to see something like:

She majored in Business administration, minored in tax accounting, runs a successful business and has decided to run for no more than 2 terms in order to help reform the convoluted tax code and bring some much needed relief to the downtrodden American taxpayer.

Now that would be credentials I could get behind. Then again if she accomplished things like that she wouldn't be a Hollywood ditz.

26 posted on 12/07/2012 4:02:49 PM PST by YankeeReb
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To: tuffydoodle
midcareer master’s program in public administration

I have a whole roll of them in my bathroom...right next to the toilet.

27 posted on 12/07/2012 4:10:07 PM PST by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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To: whitedog57

Speaking of Willie; I’m thinking that here in Texas we should run our Willie for senate; you know, Willie as in Nelson :)


28 posted on 12/07/2012 4:16:00 PM PST by snoringbear (Government is the Pimp,)
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To: drewh

There is a lot of good will towards her here in KY, just because she’s such a passionate supporter of U.K. basketball, and is frequently seen at games in Rupp Arena. However, I thinks she stands no chance against McConnell. He’s a permanent fixture, like Strom Thurmond or Robert Byrd. He’ll die in the Senate.


29 posted on 12/07/2012 4:21:17 PM PST by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: drewh

Grandma knows best. :)


30 posted on 12/07/2012 4:28:02 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: drewh

It takes a “brilliant” and “very smart” woman to show up on pit road on race day wearing a sundress and sandals. NASCAR had to throw her @$$ out and tell her not to come back until she was dressed properly.


31 posted on 12/07/2012 4:32:29 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Don't tax me bro! Tax that guy over there!)
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To: drewh

I’m sure her strong support for partial-birth abortions will be very popular if she decides to make the Senate run.


32 posted on 12/07/2012 4:41:57 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: Lurking Libertarian

I don’t see that happening in Kentucky. Just ask Nick Clooney.


33 posted on 12/07/2012 4:44:07 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: drewh

The media are among the biggest elitists in society. They bask in celebrity, want to be celebrities themselves, and think of the rest of us as the audience for their dramatic and oh so important lives. Most of them have done nothing substantive in their lives, like start a business, treat a patient, invent something, design a bridge, build a house, fix a car, etc. Nonetheless, they hold themselves up in high esteem as the chosen ones. Honestly, the fact that people like this have the capacity to diminish the freedom and opportunity of my own life has made me value my life less and to want as little to do as possible with the popular culture of the world. I live for my child.


34 posted on 12/07/2012 4:49:23 PM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: tuffydoodle
“midcareer master’s program in public administration” at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Laughable. Means she gave a talk there to the real students.

35 posted on 12/07/2012 5:01:41 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Republican Wildcat
Judd has NO children..thank goodness.

She told the UK Sunday Mail...quote “it's unconscionable to breed, with the number of children who are starving to death in improverished countries” unquote.

yep she'll fit right in with the Democrat Congress...but will she fit in with Kentucky? she lives in England and Tennessee..

36 posted on 12/07/2012 5:30:03 PM PST by haircutter
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To: drewh

The wife strongly resembles Michael Jackson!


37 posted on 12/07/2012 5:36:30 PM PST by RightWingConspirator (Obamanation--the most corrupt regime since Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe)
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To: Chode

never ran away from a chance to drop her clothing. on-screen whore tries to become political whore.


38 posted on 12/07/2012 5:48:56 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: yarddog

that’s the only thing beautiful about her, and that’s going too, now.


39 posted on 12/07/2012 5:49:39 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: illiac

Someone tell me how Judd will be able to qualify to run for senator in Kentucky if her primary home is in Tennessee. Does she have yet another home in KY that she plans to work out of...or does a senator not need to live in the state she’s representing (if elected)? Perhaps I just don’t understand how this works? Aren’t there residency requirements?


40 posted on 12/07/2012 5:55:53 PM PST by FamiliarFace
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To: Bringbackthedraft

I agree, she was dumb enough that she walked on stage during the Academy Awards with no underwear on in a dress that was cut thigh high, you could see everything. The footage is still floating around the internet.


41 posted on 12/07/2012 5:57:53 PM PST by WonkyTonky
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To: haircutter

If she wins does she wind up being the minority party leader? Seriously, could she be as bad as Mitch? Maybe change is good. A little hope couldn’t hurt could it?


42 posted on 12/07/2012 6:05:42 PM PST by WhoisAlanGreenspan?
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To: drewh

She is truly stupid and I doubt Mitch McConnel could defeat her in a debate.


43 posted on 12/07/2012 6:06:42 PM PST by Kakaze (I want The Republic back !)
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To: Kakaze
Right. What's Mcconnel's schooling in? Caving 101 to Impeachment because of creepy loser Democrat VP picks? He really is good at that and don't think this chick has a chance because of it...

But just think. Leader of the GOP Senate isn't so smart. Her name is Ashley Judd? President Biden really likes her?

44 posted on 12/07/2012 6:19:35 PM PST by WhoisAlanGreenspan?
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To: drewh

If she is so brilliant, have her explain “Darkly Noon.”


45 posted on 12/07/2012 6:26:54 PM PST by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: depressed in 06

LOL I saw that movie and yet I have forgotten 98% of it.


46 posted on 12/07/2012 7:26:25 PM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Secret Agent Man
pretty much same-same...
47 posted on 12/07/2012 8:24:42 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: drewh
Saving the world, one cute outfit at a time!

A blogger named Josh Trevino posted a hilarious account of his travels in Africa with Ms. Judd in 2005 for the YouthAIDS organization. He was not quite impressed with her.

The original blog post has been removed, but there are a few copies still floating around the Internet, one of which happens to be on FR:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/1665919/posts

The "saving the world" quote is from the original Trevino piece.

48 posted on 12/07/2012 8:25:17 PM PST by TChad
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To: tuffydoodle

It’s a one year program, divided in two semesters, at Harvard Kennedy School, quoting here

“Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA) and Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA) Edward S. Mason Program

Academic Prerequisite
Bachelor’s degree.

Work Experience
7 years full-time relevant professional work experience by June 30 of year of enrollment.  Competitive candidates for the Mason Program typically 14 years or more of work experience.”

More glossy paper quotes —
“The MC/MPA is designed to increase the knowledge and skills of well established, high-performing professionals, who seek to enhance their public service careers or to move from the private sector to a leadership position in either the public or non-profit sectors.”

And it seems to be a way out of dreary private workaday grind and a step up into the oh-so-cultured and rarified atmosphere of telling other folks and poor nations how to live their lives, until they get a different plan next year! And to be handsomely compensated for their public service, with many televised award ceremonies. /s

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49 posted on 12/07/2012 10:56:51 PM PST by Mazey
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To: tuffydoodle

It’s a one year program, divided in two semesters, at Harvard Kennedy School, quoting here

“Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA) and Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA) Edward S. Mason Program

Academic Prerequisite
Bachelor’s degree.

Work Experience
7 years full-time relevant professional work experience by June 30 of year of enrollment.  Competitive candidates for the Mason Program typically 14 years or more of work experience.”

More glossy paper quotes —
“The MC/MPA is designed to increase the knowledge and skills of well established, high-performing professionals, who seek to enhance their public service careers or to move from the private sector to a leadership position in either the public or non-profit sectors.”

And it seems to be a way out of dreary private workaday grind and a step up into the oh-so-cultured and rarified atmosphere of telling other folks and poor nations how to live their lives, until they get a different plan next year! And to be handsomely compensated for their public service, with many televised award ceremonies. /s

.


50 posted on 12/07/2012 10:56:51 PM PST by Mazey
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