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.
LOL. Yep, recognizing that sexism exists and believing that is a problem is “outrageous” and “extreme.” Totally the same as taking the fringe position of opposing abortion in cases of rape and making offensive–and scientifically ignorant–comments suggesting that women regularly lie about being raped or that some kinds of rape aren’t that bad.
As Tim Murphy notes, it’s possible that Judd’s outspoken commitment to gender equality could make her too liberal for Kentucky, “but there’s nothing ‘bizarre’ about feminism.” Besides, two recent surveys found her trailing Sen. Mitch McConnell by just a few percentage points. So maybe Kentuckians aren’t as averse to this outlandish feminism thing as conservatives would like to believe.