She has continued her ties to Kentucky (as opposed to Malibu) mostly by attending KU basketball and football games. She has positioned herself as being an "humanitarian" for which she should get full marks, but none of that qualifies her to run for high public office.
I know that people with no previous political experience have been successful. Barack Obama's 2008 run for president comes to mind, but more often people like Ashley Judd think they can win because the people they hang around with tell them they can win.
If the people you are hanging around happen to live on the East or West Coast of the United States it is quite likely they will undervalue the abilities of people who live in the interior of the continent - the fly-over states.
"Honey if you want to run for Senator from … where, again? Oh, yeah, Kentucky, who can beat you? That guy with the glasses? Everyone I know is for you.
Hell, I'll come out and do fundraisers for you if you get me a plane and a car and a suite. Having you in the Senate would be a hoot!"
There have been people who have come from other walks of life and landed in the U.S. Senate, but very successful financiers and very popular show business types think they know everything there is to know about politics and are happy to tell you what you should or should not be doing.
Why? Because they are fawned over by the fund raisers who tell them every day that they are the fairest in the land.
I go to the movies, but if I went to Hollywood to get into the movie business I would be stripped naked and left standing at the intersection of Hollywood and Vine because I know nothing about making movies.
Hollywood people know nothing about politics.
Politics, as Finley Peter Dunne wrote in the 19th Century, ain't beanbag.