Mother Jones magazine had released a tape purported to be of Sen. Mitch McConnell and aides discussing plans to attack Ashley Judd.

THIS is going to blow up.

But the question is, was it an inside job?

Progressive muckraking magazine Mother Jones, which broke the Mitt Romney “47 Percent” story, has another huge scoop.

The mag just posted a story with audio about Sen. Mitch McConnell and aides plotting their strategy against Ashely Judd.

Judd ultimately decided not to run against Kentucky’s senior senator and senate minority leader. Now, you have to wonder if someone tipped her to what was coming.

In the post, “Secret Tape: McConnell and Aides Weighed Using Judd’s Mental Health and Religion as Political Ammo,” Mother Jones reporter David Corn writes that the magazine acquired a recording of a February 2 meeting that included McConnell and aides.

In the meeting, while McConnell remains mostly silent, aides focus on Judd’s history of mental health issues, citing the actress/activist’s biograghy, “All That is Bitter & Sweet.”

From the post, which quotes the recording:

She’s clearly, this sounds extreme, but she is emotionally unbalanced. I mean it’s been documented. Jesse can go in chapter and verse from her autobiography about, you know, she’s suffered some suicidal tendencies. She was hospitalized for 42 days when she had a mental breakdown in the ’90s.

The question becomes, did the leak come from inside the McConnell camp? Because as you can hear, the recordings sound like they were made not just inside the room, but within a few inches of the speakers.

Or was the recording orchestrated by Tea Party activists?

Tea Party loyalists worked to recruit more conservative potential candidates to take on McConnell, who they see as too soft, and too quick to deal with President Barack Obama.

For the record, Corn kept secret the identity of the person, Scott Prouty, who made the Mitt Romney video for more than a month, revealing his identity with Prouty’s permission.

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