Alec Baldwin, the actor, activist and part-time Huffington Post Cheney-basher will appear on CNN's Parker Spitzer tonight. In a teaser of the broadcast, the baritone-voiced 30 Rock star hints at a future career in politics. "It's something that I'm very, very interested in," Baldwin told co-host Eliot Spitzer. "I do believe that people want to believe that someone who deeply cares about the middle class--for whatever reason--whatever your heritage and your background and so forth--would like to seek public office."
Going further, Baldwin said American politics has become overly inhabited by elite, Ivy League types. "We've had men who are Ivy League-groomed running this country since 1988. We’ve had 22 years of Yale and Harvard and the problems aren't getting solved."
"You almost sound like Sarah Palin," Spitzer observes.
"What's missing is we need people ... who have not lost sight of what the middle class needs," Baldwin replies. "Whatever I've accrued in my career doing that, it hasn't changed me as a person." The Internet reacts:
- He's a Tough Sell, observes Dan Amira at New York Magazine: "Is this going to be his argument? Ditch the elitists, get with the multimillionaire Hollywood celebrity?"
- Don't Quit Your Day Job, writes Adam Frucci at Splitsider: "I think I speak for most of America when I say you can do more good for our country on 30 Rock than you can in congress, Alec."
- He'd Probably Run for Governor, notes Daniel Tencer at Raw Story: "Baldwin didn't say what office in particular he's interested in, but in a 2006 New York Times interview he said the only office he's be interested in is governor of New York--the very office his host, Spitzer, held until 2008." In that article, Baldin took Arnold Schwarzenegger down a notch for his lack of experience. "His only credentials are that he ran a fitness program under some bygone president," he said. "I’m Tocqueville compared to Arnold Schwarzenegger."
- I'd Love to See Him Run for Office, writes Roger Simon at Pajamas Media: "I’ve got a great idea for a campaign ad. How about this?
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