Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Alec Baldwin: Always Be Campaigning?

Posted By on Wed, Jan 5, 2011 at 10:07 AM

The Italians have a saying, Lemon: Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. And, although theyve never won a war or mass-produced a decent car, in this area they are correct.
  • The Italians have a saying, Lemon: 'Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.' And, although they've never won a war or mass-produced a decent car, in this area they are correct."

Kate Ward of EW's Pop Watch reports on Alec Baldwin's political aspirations.

"As an actor, Alec Baldwin has given back to the masses. He’s gifted us with the genius of "30 Rock‘s" Jack Donaghy, the handsomeness of The Hunt for Red October‘s Jack Ryan, and even managed to make Along Came Polly somewhat tolerable. (Somewhat.) But he might soon be ready to really serve the people: In an appearance set to air Jan. 5 on CNN’s "Parker Spitzer" — which definitely has a porn title on Kabletown’s line-up — the actor told host Eliot Spitzer that he was interested in running for political office. “We’ve had men who are … Ivy League-groomed running this country since 1988,” Baldwin says in a preview of the interview, embedded below. “We’ve had 22 years of Yale and Harvard running this country right now. And the problems aren’t getting solved.” Replied Spitzer, “You almost sound like Sarah Palin.” Blerg!

Baldwin continued, “What’s missing is that we need people obviously who are educated, or a leader who brings the educated people in on their back, but people who have not lost sight of what the middle class in this country needs.” That’s not to say that Baldwin — whose said he would retire after he finishes work with "30 Rock" — would have an easy time abandoning his current day job. “People would say to me all the time, why would you want to do [politics]?” he says. “And sometimes I don’t want to do it because to leave what I’m doing now would be extremely painful. … I’ve grown to really love where I am now in my business and to quit now when it really feels good and doing it feels good would be an enormously difficult thing to do.”

Microwaves for everyone in 2014?"

Here's the clip from CNN's "Parker Spitzer:"

The most disturbing news here isn't that Baldwin is considering taking a shot at politics, but that he is considering walking away from "30 Rock" at the end of his current contract. (Jack, say it ain't so!)

In fairness, it's better to leave on top than force everyone to endure protracted Bret Favre-style pseudo-retirements.

Are Alec Baldwin's political aspirations serious, or is this just some sort of ego-stroking? Despite a rocky public history, including a leaked tape of him lambasting his daughter in a cruel voicemail, Baldwin does bring some of the requisite qualifications to the table:

Crazy sibling?

Check.

Brass Balls?

Check:

(Who wouldn't want this guy walking into a negotiation with a stonewalling congressional delegation?)

Power of Persuasion?

Check:

(What might a face to face negotiation with Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad actually look like?)

Charisma?

Check:

(Alec Baldwin tells us our brains are rotting and leaves us begging for more!)

Straight talk?

Check:

(Baldwin's ability to talk sense, compliment Sarah Palin, and then throw both his brother Stephen and "Bible Spice" under a bus is brilliant.)

Are Baldwin's aspirations any less plausible than Ronald Reagan's?

What might having an actor in the role of president look like?

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