Skip to comments.Sens. Stephen Colbert and Ashley Judd? The rocky road from stardom to politico
Posted on 12/14/2012 8:53:15 AM PST by NormsRevenge
The speculation for the 2014 elections has already begun, and some of the Senate names being discussed you would expect to see on the silver screen rather than a ballot. Can you imagine a Sen. Ashley Judd? How about Sen. Stephen Colbert?
There's a long, and somewhat checkered history of celebrity politicians proving that Hollywood success can pave the road to Washington--Ronald Reagan being the ultimate example. Of course there are other examples as well, like the Govenator, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and professional wrestler Jesse Ventura who wrestled his way to governor of Minnesota.
When celebrities become candidates, their notoriety brings attention to their race. As useful as name recognition may be when running for office, what's more important--and sometimes more difficult to determine--is whether they are qualified to hold public office and, of course, if they're serious.
Ashley Judd seems serious about considering a run for senate in her home state of Kentucky. The actress has actually come to Washington to talk with senators about challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in 2014.
Stephen Colbert, on the other hand, seems to be floating his candidacy as more of a publicity stunt than a serious venture. While Colbert has been cracking jokes about filling the seat vacated by resigning Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., don't count on this candidacy extending beyond the comedian's late night show.
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They say ridicule is one of the most effective means to level an image. Can Indy Car Racing afford to lose Ashley's hubby? Will Colbert still do a regular show on Comedy Central from his elected office even, should the chips fall goofy again?
besides, We already have franken and kerry for comedic relief, Roma all over again? we been warned..
Like to see Dennis Miller run against Colbert.
as to those who came before and left messes behind.. aHnold did more to destroy the state then he did to reclaim it from a leftist media/union-driven agenda runamuck... and jesse slowed the skid a bit but that’s about all.. they were no scott walker or ted cruz.. actors are a dime a dozen, real leaders rare as hen’s teeth..
elections and the process by which we pick leaders will always have flaws, but its nice to know ashley knows how to use make-up unlike some in the Senate today.. and dario can always move back to nascar so he isn’t overseas racing as much..
we all make adjustments in life, Kaintucky, South Cakkalakki .. change the channel.. please. iron men is on.
bring on the clowns.
Election of celebrities to the Legislature is a common feature of all third-world banana republics.
Great, senators with nude scenes, and no not Colbert.
“Can Indy Car Racing afford to lose Ashley’s hubby?”
Well, they survived losing Princess Sparkle Pony. The key difference, of course, is that Mr. Judd can in fact drive a race car.