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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

It takes a lot to make Karl Rove look progressive, but Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has somehow managed it. Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, he had this to say about Ashley Judd, when asked by host Candy Crowley about the actress and activist’s rumored, but as yet unconfirmed, run for U.S. Senate:

“Ashley Judd is a famous actress, she’s an attractive woman and presents herself well and — from what I understand — is articulate,” he spouted.

Huh. Not even Turd Blossom Rove, in his now-famous attack ad, was petty enough to bring up Judd’s considerable good looks. Especially as one of a litany of reasons for her perceived unsuitability as the possible replacement for Mitch McConnell in Kentucky. Nice one.

Paul — who has been tapped to deliver the sure-to-entertain “unauthorized” Tea Party response to President Obama’s State of the Union address — didn’t stop there. “You know, when I heard Ashley Judd might run for office, I thought maybe it was Parliament, because she lives in Scotland half of the year,” he snarked, obviously quite pleased with his cleverness. “But no, I think really part of politics is making sure that people know about who you’re running against.”

And according to Rand Paul, what you need to know about Ashley Judd is that she’s attractive, articulate, well presented and owns a home in Scotland. Quelle horreur! The very idea of having such a woman in the Senate… why, those are the attributes of a Jezebel!!

Oh, but it gets worse… much worse. Ms. Judd, as it turns out, wasn’t actually born in Kentucky; although she did grow up there, she’s not “from there.” So she’s a carpetbagging Jezebel, says Paul:

“But the thing is, she doesn’t really represent Kentucky. I mean, she was a representative for Tennessee last year. She lives in Tennessee. So, I think you do need to make sure people know about that so people don’t think she’s really from Kentucky or lives here.”

So basically, Ashley Judd — who grew up in the state, and whose boundless devotion to the University of Kentucky borders on legendary — just ain’t Kentucky enough. She’s not from here, goes Rand Paul’s argument. How can someone who isn’t even from Kentucky claim to want to represent the good people of Kentucky?

Well, maybe Rand Paul himself is the best person to answer that. He is, after all, from… Pittsburgh, PA.

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  • Rand, killer eyebeams does not mean you need to shove beams into your eyes to feel qualified to pick out the motes in the eyes of others.

  • We need more Rand Paul’s in politics. They are the best ambassadors of what is wrong with the Tea Party. Give the guy credit, he managed to sort of articulate his opinion of Ashley Judd, in the inimitable style of his mentor, and like Rush, he also managed to stick his foot in his mouth.

    • he,s an idiot plan and simply him and rush hear are a pair that swing in a bull,s sack

    • Seriously? We need more Rand Paul? Are you out of your f..king mind?

      • The more nuts they have, the sooner they become irrelevant.

      • oldtack

        Read Dominick’s article again – more closely. A few more idiots like Rand Paul and his ilk would totally destroy the Republican Party. They are ambassadors of what all is wrong with Tea Party ideologies.

      • CPAinNewYork

        Read Mr. Vila’s whole comment, Marisol.

    • T-baggers (Taliban) have already ruined the Republican Party.

    • Sierra111

      D. Vila – Rand Paul just degraded women with his comment about Ashley Judd! No one needs this type of man in our government!

  • WhutHeSaid

    Why anyone would vote for this obnoxious goober is beyond me, but the mere fact that he represents the vile and despicable Tea Bigots say it all. As far as I’m concerned, until Kentucky rids itself of this amazing specimen of abject nuttiness, the entire state will suffer. As if good looks are something to be ashamed of, Paul crazily stares into the camera with his very best lunatic-goofball expression and tries to convince Kentuckians (and the rest of us) that Judd isn’t ‘one of us’. Only an alien recently arrived from some other galaxy could be convinced by the likes of Rand Paul.

    Paul, like all other vestiges of the Tea Bigot revolution-that-was-just-another-bag-of-lies, needs to exit stage left. Americans are no longer fooled by the KKK make-over, and the Tea Party is despised throughout the country. Nobody can play with the Tea Party and not come away covered in bigoted stink. Even the most intolerant Republicans can no longer tolerate the Tea Bigots — and that should tell you something.

    • lana ward

      The Tea Party are the only Americans that really love America. THAT’S why they are hated. Traitors abound! And the Tea Party don’t attrack flies like that smelly muslim in the WH. Doesn’t even have the sense to swat them away!

      • Ahhh Lana the TROLL is out again. Go back to your room dear you are in timeout.

        • lana ward

          Omuslim is Lord of the Flies. Lord of the Flies is satan,beelzebub. Flies love that smelly thing!!

          • Don’t use the toilet so much.. every time you use it, part of your brain is being flushed…

          • neeceoooo

            That is assuming the she had a brain to start with

          • Shut up

      • WhutHeSaid

        You seem to have a peculiar preoccupation with flies. How long have you had this problem?

        The Tea Party hates everyone and everybody — even themselves. On that last point I can’t blame them.

        • lana ward

          Omuslim is the Lord Of The Flies. The Lord of the Flies is Satan, Beelzebub

          • lana ward–Even the Tea Bigots don’t like you.

          • lana ward

            You know so much that isn’t so

        • lana ward

          Everytime I see Omuslims face, I expect a fly to land on it. Creeps me out!!!

          • WhutHeSaid

            I think you are secretly in love with Obama, but you must deny it to hide the pain of your inevitable rejection.

      • The Tea Party represents everything sordid about human nature with absolutely none of the good. Racist hate, greed, deceit, and infidelity to their own country is what they are about. They have absolutely nothing worthwhile to offer America, except perhaps to remind us all that sordid and despicable people still exist who wish to turn this country into a racist cesspool
        They cloak themselves in the flag and spew their vitriol in the guise of patriotic speeches. They now wish to destroy what they cannot control.

        • lana ward

          You just described Omuslim and the dems perfectly. You’re a conservative and don’t know it!!!

          • Shut up

          • lousgirl84

            And you are painfully ignorant and you don’t know it.

          • lana ward

            Omuslim is taxing us more when he promised only 2%, the high earners would be taxed. Now states are cutting employees hours so they don’t have to pay for that God-awful Ocare. Looks to me like you’re the ignorant one, believing that devils lies!!

          • WhutHeSaid

            You sound angry that all of your love letters to Obama went unanswered. You poor, pitiful thing.

          • lana ward

            I’m sure I’m on his kill list by now. You do know he has a kill list don’t you?

      • Do you get paid to be stupid , or is it genetics ?

        • english_teacher


      • lana ward–Wash your mouth out with soap–then keep it closed.
        Someone should take away your computer…

      • lousgirl84

        “And the Tea Party don’t attrack flies like that smelly muslim in the WH”

        Before you insult people, you should learn grammar. Your ignorance is on ful display lana

        • lana ward

          The Tea Partiers don’t attract flies like that smelly muslim in the WH. Is that better fussy fool!!

          • WhutHeSaid

            Oh yeah — you have it bad. When I was in school, boys and girls who liked each other but didn’t know how to deal with their emotions often threw stones to compensate for their inability to express themselves correctly. You’re hopelessly in love with Obama — admit it!

        • lana ward

          Full is spelled with 2 ll’s

      • progressiveandproud

        I see you’re playing stupid again. Looks like you’re winning too.

      • lmbo, I almost liked your comment Lana; I thought your comment was so out-there that it was sarcastic. You made me laugh. Sorry it seems to really be what you think, but thanks for the belly laugh anyway.

        • lana ward

          Your welcome : )—But it IS the truth

    • Sand_Cat

      I agree with just about everything you said, but there are obviously a LOT of aliens “recently arrived from some other galaxy” in Kentucky, where this idiot was elected. Perhaps the INS should investigate?

      • WhutHeSaid

        I’m willing to bet that even the INS would hesitate to approach any mutant wacky enough to vote for Rand Paul. He probably even scares his own father, who has achieved his own national reputation as an amazingly bigoted nut-ball.

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  • smilelaugh

    How do people like Rand Paul get into office? there cannot be that many people that actually believe in his ideas. I hope Ashley does get in office. It will bring a new and younger set of ideas in.

  • Lovefacts

    Given McConnell’s ratings in the polls and Ashley Judd hasn’t said she’s running, the GOP must be terrified to be attacking her now. It just ups her standing.

  • lana ward

    We don’t need anymore communists running the country. That’s why we’re in the mess we’re in now!!

    • WhutHeSaid

      Just because you have this, uh, ‘issue’ with flies is no reason for you to assume everyone else is in a ‘mess’. Have you considered learning to wash yourself occasionally?

      • lana ward

        Flies love Omuslim. They smell his man friends on his smelly face. And what’s up with him that he doesn’t even swat them away. The nasty pervert!!

        • Shut up,

        • WhutHeSaid

          Now why would you call Obama a ‘pervert’? What is going on in that fevered little mind of yours? Have something to get off your chest, hmm?

          • lana ward

            Type in “The Down Low Club”, see if he’s not a pervert

          • It takes one to know one MR. lana Ward. that is right, he posed back before the election that he was a he not a she. You have to be a pervert to know about a club no one has ever heard of until he brought it up

          • lana ward

            Omuslim is a pervert and a murderer. The MSM won’t tell you anything that is bad but true about Omuslim. NOT ONE THING. The Captains Quarters is a good site too!!!

          • WhutHeSaid

            Do you people who post on WND realize what nut-balls you really are, or is it just another case of blissful ignorance? I’ll bet you believe all the stories in National Enquirer and The Globe too, right?

            I’ve just always wondered if you ever wake up in the morning and say to yourself: “Wow, it’s really amazing how nutty I’ve become!”.

          • lana ward

            You believe everything at The National Memo and that is amazing to me. It’s ALL a bunch of hooey. All lies, no truth!! But you believe every word. Amazing!!

          • lana ward

            You won’t believe anything bad about Omuslim. Why? You believed everything about Bush when it isn’t even true!! Omuslim is a wolf in sheeps clothing. He wants to get rid of free speech, he HATES being exposed!!

    • lechtenberg

      I didn’t realize the “W” was a communist! Learn something new every day.

  • So let me get this straight. According to Rand Paul, if you aren’t born, raised and lived all your life in a state, you shouldn’t run for office from that state. Well, if that is the case, than I guess about 90% of the Republicans in the Senate should resign their seats, as they weren’t born where they represent. Same with about 50% of the Republicans in the House, and a good chunk of Republican Governors.

    • lousgirl84

      He was born in Pennsylvania

  • I think Rand Paul is an idiot in the political arena. He should go back to Kentucky and be
    a dentist. I am sure he is well trained for that profession.

  • “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

  • judgeglenda

    i don’t know how ignorant kentucky people voted for rand paul. i am ashamed to admit i am from ky with the two ignorant senators and yes occonnell too who blocks any good legislation that comes up.i will certainly vote for anyone who runs against occonnell and work for ashley if she runs. more power to her.

  • tobyspeeks

    Scott Walker (WI Gov) is from Colorado. GW Bush is from Conn. John McCain is from Panama!!! The list of “carpetbaggers” goes on and on when used the way Rand is using or implying it. I’ll bet many on both sides of the isle do not represent the areas they were born of even lived for any lengthy period of time.

    These dolts are sociopaths. Not in the murderous rampage sense, but they lack all sense of remorse, embarrassment, compassion, empathy… and the list goes on and on. The outlandish tripe that spews from their mouths on a daily basis without batting an eye is obvious proof. No psychiatrist needed here.

  • Budjob

    Hey Rand,if ugliness was a capital offense,you would be on death row!!!

  • doninsd

    Rand left out the one quality he and his fellow teabaggers fear the most: she is intelligent.

  • Well, McConnell is pretty ugly. Inside and out, as they say.

  • metrognome3830

    We understand why Karl Rove doesn’t like Ashley Judd. Karl doesn’t like any girls — at all. He can barely tolerate Tea Party females.

  • Sand_Cat

    Rand Paul isn’t the best person to answer much of anything.

  • lousgirl84

    This from a guy who was born in Pennsylvania!!!

  • WhutHeSaid

    I’m willing to bet that even the INS would hesitate to approach any mutant wacky enough to vote for Rand Paul. He probably even scares his own father, who has achieved his own reputation as a bigoted nut-ball.

  • alumahead

    Perfect example of the GOP’s Big Tent politics.

  • don’t know what u r talking about. it sounds as if he were first trying to be politely generous when he described her as pretty and “articulate” before getting to his anti-point which was scotland. YOU don’t need to twist a republiKans’ words to make them look wrong as they will eventually do that on their own…..

  • Sierra111

    Rand Paul just demeaned all women by his comment about Ashley Judd. He’s thinks of women as second-class people to be thought of only by their appearance! Go away Rand Paul!

  • Wow. An innocuous remark makes Rand Paul as bad as the Taliban? You people are nuts.

  • I don’t see anything “petty” or wrong in what he said. I think he is an idiot, but saying that she is an attractive actress, who is articulate (maybe) is not anything bad. It is an irrelevant comment. Being attractive is worth points (votes) in politics. As usual he made a statement that has no value, but it isn’t demeaning to women or to Ms. Judd. If he had said “hot” instead of attractive then I would think differently. Why look for ways to make him a “bad guy” when his politics do that; by making stuff up we feed into the belief that he is being picked on for his tea party mentality. Let’s stick to things that matter, like his wacko politics.

  • Why did Senator McCain choose the Palin as his running mate?

    Oh, yeah. She was eye candy for the old farts.