I spent most of this season away from the boards and watched the show with a group of friends and we all absolutely adored Ashley H from the beginning. It was so weird to come here and see that nobody even knew who she was halfway through the season. I posted at least a month ago that if Emily wasn't the Bachelorette it would be Ashley and nobody understood why. Seems like still nobody "gets it".
The girl is young, cute, energetic, driven, and has a great career in front of her. Why pick a 30 year old mom or a girl who left in the third episode when they can have somebody with the life and energy needed to carry a show. Jake was a complete bore. Enter Ali with her spunk and energy. Brad is worse than Jake as far as the entertainment factor goes. Now they've got Ashley. She will surely be able to carry her own show, regardless of whether or not she was a star of this season.