Ashley Judd vs. Rand Paul in 2016? Margaret Carlson: Democrats won't get rid her of twice By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Apr 3, 2013 3:21 PM CDT 24 comments Comments Ashley Judd watches a Kentucky basketball game on March 15. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) (Newser) – Democrats made a mistake in pressuring Ashley Judd to bow out of a Senate race against Mitch McConnell in Kentucky, writes Margaret Carlson at Bloomberg. The actress "has looks, intelligence, talent, common sense, and grit," not to mention a degree from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. McConnell, on the other hand, is unloved by conservatives and thus vulnerable. This would have been the perfect year for Democrats to set up an insider-vs-outsider race, but they were apparently afraid of getting tagged as "the party of elites" by nominating an actor. Don't the names Reagan or Schwarzenegger ring a bell? Democrats blew it. "Without Judd, they don’t have a candidate," writes Carlson. But Judd fans may not have long to wait. "I’m betting that Judd of Double Jeopardy will re-emerge to take on Kentucky’s other senator in 2016," writes Carlson. That would be Rand Paul. "Democrats won’t eliminate her twice." Click for Carlson's full column.