Suddenly Ashley Judd doesn't look so bad.
You might have thought that Kentucky Democrats couldn't possibly find anyone less qualified as a politician and a human being to run against Senator McConnell than Ashley Judd, an actress and walking mental breakdown, who probably couldn't even win in California.
But once Judd dropped out, her replacement may be Heather French Henry, who has two qualifications. She was a former Miss America and married a former Lieutenant Governor.
These are not terribly impressive qualifications even when running for something less than United States Senator. While I'm sure winning a bunch of beauty pageants and then marrying a politician twenty years older than you is more than ample preparation for politics, it's not exactly a qualification for the actual job.
But if Heather French Henry were just a former beauty queen married to a politician who decided to run for office because she's too bored not to, that wouldn't be nearly as bad... and sure there was the controversy over the use of taxpayer resources during her wedding...
Kentucky's taxpayers had shelled out several grand for the couple's Oct. 27 wedding and a three nights at hotels in Lexington for Mr. Henry.
On the latter it seems the lovesick pol couldn't make the grueling 30-mile trip from his taxpayer-funded house in Frankfort to downtown Lexington, where Heather Renee was participating in some Miss Kentucky pageant events.
According to his office Mr. Henry was on “official business,” attending some of the beauty pageant events. A Louisville television station, WLKY-TV, is reporting that as many as 24 state employees volunteered to help plan the big wedding.
But that's small potatoes compared to the time that Heather French Henry killed a woman and went on Oprah to talk about it.
Three years after becoming Miss America and marrying the Lt. Governor, Heather French Henry while driving her Lincoln Navigator SUV struck and killed a mother of four riding a bicycle, Karola Stede. Heather French Henry wasn't injured. Stede's youngest child was 8.
Heather French Henry told cops that the "sun was in her eyes" and that the cyclist "darted out" in front of her, though some in the cycling community have disputed that claim. And that might have been that. Fatal accidents happen all the time. Usually no charges are brought. There's no clear evidence that Henry received lenient treatment because of her status though some questions were raised about that in cycling forums at the time.
The creepy part came when Heather French Henry, not satisfied with having killed a woman, used her corpse to promote herself by going on Oprah to talk about how badly running over a woman made her feel.
Heather French Henry relives pain on 'Oprah'
Her story was one of three featured on the Oprah Winfrey show titled "Heartbreaking Headlines." It was taped Nov. 11. Winfrey billed the story as an exclusive with Henry about how she dealt with the accident and its aftermath.
"I'm hoping that by telling people about my pain ... it will help others," Henry said in a telephone interview Friday, before the show aired.
The Oprah Winfrey Show seemed like the best way to tell her story, Henry said, because it gave her more time to talk and explain what she went through.
This is sociopath level stuff. It's a horrifying level of egotism that you normally only expect to see among the most inbred celebrities. It's incredibly creepy and you have to wonder what happens to a human being that they are capable of even doing something like this.
Afterward Heather French Henry became an AAA spokesman, since I guess running someone over qualifies you for the job, and now wants a spot in the United States Senate.
Back in 2003, an area cyclist wrote to Henry, "I noticed that you recently appeared on *Oprah* and the *Today Show* and I have looked at excerpts of the former and the full transcript of the latter. These interviews have left me cold because they focus on your hardship alone and seem orchestrated at mending your public image and using public confession as a form of self-healing."
"Sometimes they don't care how the public views them because they're still going to see their movies. But when you're in public service, then an advocate, it's a totally different ball game," Heather French Henry said in one of her constant interviews. "I don't want people to think I don't care because I'm not like a couple of the Hollywood celebrities saying, "It's not my fault". It was not my fault, but I want people to understand, just as it affects one victim, it affects the other."
Suddenly Ashley Judd doesn't look so bad.