Every time someone mentions her name. Every time I see a photo of her, or see some update online from her, I completely lose my composure. What could have been—even though I know she just used me—is still something I think about. It was bad for me—so bad. But months, years later, and I still can’t convince myself of exactly how negative she was for me.
And I would still, right this moment, this very second, go back to her in a heartbeat knowing all of this.
I don’t know why now, but I’m starting to feel kinda shitty. Like I did something wrong. I just want to say I’m sorry if I did do anything wrong. Just in case, ya know? I mean, I seriously shouldn’t be having any problems with all of this. I guess I feel guilty. So I’m sorry if I did anything wrong. I just needed to say it—now I can hopefully feel less guilty—less like a shitty person—and get back to some normalcy.
Whether or not film star and progressive activist Ashley Judd decides to challenge Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for his seat in 2014, conservatives seem to be gearing up for a fight. On Tuesday morning, right-wing website The Daily Caller compared Judd’s unabashed feminism and environmentalism to former Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), whose campaign failed after he claimed women couldn’t get pregnant from“legitimate rape.” Akin’s comment was not only medically wrong, but also insulted and dismissed rape victims. Judd’s “most stunning comments,” according to the Daily Caller, range from harsh rhetoric against mountaintop removal to criticism of patriarchal institutions:
She has spoken out against having kids, saying it is “unconscionable to breed” while there are so many starving children in the world.
She has criticized the tradition of fathers “giving away” their daughters at weddings, calling that practice “a common vestige of male dominion over a woman’s reproductive status.”
She has even compared mountaintop removal mining to the Rwandan genocide, and has criticized Christianity as a religion that “legitimizes and seals male power.”
By getting in the race with this sort of baggage, Judd runs the risk of being portrayed as a Todd Akin-esque candidate – meaning voters simply decide she’s unqualified to serve as a senator, because her comments are so outrageous and extreme that people can’t bring themselves to vote for her.
The Daily Caller equates Judd’s and Akin’s comments as gaffes. But Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment cost him the election not because it was “outrageous” but because it shed light on his radical anti-choice voting record.
Radical Republican Todd Akin is the poster-boy for everything that is wrong with the Republican Party and they are going to hang on to their grudge over his loss and try to use it to tarnish Democratic candidates. It won’t work.