Hurl alert: Alec Baldwin to run for Senate?

Posted by: ST on July 7, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Via Times of London:

As speculation continues to swirl over Sarah Palin’s presidential ambitions, the equally colourful and controversial co-star from her Saturday Night Live appearance has announced he too may seek public office – from the other side of the political spectrum.

Alec Baldwin, the outspoken and famously ultra-liberal Hollywood star mercilessly sent in the puppet satire Team America, has been rehabilitated from the showbiz dead by his scene-stealing role in US television show 30 Rock and has now put word out that he is seeking a seat to run for Congress in 2012.

Baldwin, whose political entanglements include blogging for the Huffington Post and repeatedly tangling with Fox News attack-dog Bill Reilly, told Playboy magazine that he was looking for an opportunity to run when his 30 Rock contract ends in 2012.

“The desire is there, that’s one component,” he told the magazine. “The other component is opportunity.”

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Baldwin knows all about missteps. His failure to curb his tongue has brought him close to derailing his career more than once. Most recently lawyers for his ex-wife, Kim Basinger, publicly released a voicemail recording when Mr Baldwin called his 12-year-old daughter a “thoughtless little pig”.

The actor and Basinger were then embroiled in a bitter custody case.

Baldwin’s rehabilitation came courtesy of 30 Rock the show written by Palin-lookalike Tina Fey. Saturday Night Live also gave him the opportunity to share the screen with the real Mrs Palin whom he later called a “beautiful, beautiful woman” and “Bible Spice” while conceding she was not who he would want with her finger on the nuclear button.

Baldwin has not always been so courteous about those on the other side of the political divide. In his Huffington Post blog, he once called former vice president Dick Cheney “a lying, thieving Oil Whore. Or a murderer of the US Constitution.” [Note: And he also posted a fantasy on HuffPo about assassinating Dick Cheney - on July 4th, 2006. --ST]

Of the Republicans driving Bill Clinton’s impeachment, he told Conan O’Brien’s Late Show: “If we were in another country… we would stone them to death and we would go to their homes and kill their wives and their children. We would kill their families, for what they’re doing to this country.”

Baldwin later apologised, and the network explained his remarks were meant as a joke and promised not to rerun them.

His remarks came as another former Saturday Night Live star, Al Franken, was preparing to be sworn in to the Senate after the climax of an eight month battle over the Senate election in Minnesota.

Has Al Franken started a trend? Heaven help us …

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  1. Well, Val Kilmer may run for governor in New Mexico.

    We’re doomed.~:>

  2. Victoria says:

    Too funny! Thought Alec Baldwin wanted to move out of this country?!?!? /:)

  3. NC Cop says:

    What’s one more clown in the circus? @-)

    The further they pull us to the left, the further the pendulum will swing back to the right.

    They need to be very, very careful about the choices they make.

  4. Brontefan says:

    “Hurl Alert!” And people are surprised to learn that the American public is more in tune with Hollywood and celebrities than with the US Constitution, our voting rights/laws, basic economic theory, etc.! We have a SuperStar in the White House now… it is all about coverage, staying in the limelight. Unfortunately, I reside in New Mexico… you know these idiots will vote for Kilmer, just like California and Minnesota. Hollywood has been trying to shove the liberal agenda down our throats for years with scripts; now they can just have the celebrities take over Washington and run it their way.

  5. Severian says:

    Shades of Caligula making his horse a senator! Great Jumpin Caesar’s Ghost!

  6. Great White Rat says:

    Sev, Caligula at least made the entire horse a senator. Today, we’re much more efficient. We only need one part of the horse to put it in the Senate (exhibit A: Minnesota).

    I’ll let you figure out which part… :d

  7. SpideyTerry says:

    The upside to this? 30 Rock, a series I find to be so pathetically unfunny and full of cliches, may finally end. Unfortunately, that’s not worth the potential harm a moron like Baldwin could inflict as a senator. I wouldn’t trust that guy to be a high school treasurer. Sheesh, why is it actors think they’re so qualified to hold political office? Yeah, Regagan did it, but he actually worked for it. What has Baldwin, Franken or those other pinheads done… y’know, besides star in poorly-made pieces of crap?

    Democrats should be quaking in their boots. Republicans would only have to face folks like Baldwin in a general. Something tells me egomaniacs like Baldwin wouldn’t want to wait for an open seat. I smell primary challenges.

    Of course, as Hannity pointed out recently, that audio tape of that fat piece of crap yelling at his daughter would get played endlessly during a campaign. An opponent couldn’t buy that kind of attack ad with all the money in the world.

  8. Severian says:

    Best Comment Evah! GWR!!!=))

  9. Carlos says:

    “His remarks came as another former Saturday Night Live star, Al Franken,…”

    That statement SHOULD have read, “His remarks came as another former Saturday Night Live joke, Al Franken,…”

    Unfortunately, Franken is a clown, not a joke, and Baldwin is a serious challenge to everything the Founding Fathers found dear, including Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, kinda like his idol, His Hollowness.

  10. Jo says:

    Another megalomaniac has-been actor who spews forth vile rhetoric against Conservatism in the formerly hallowed halls of Congress? What is this? The American Idol mentality now in charge of elections? Have the collective brain cells of the masses so deteriorated that our country is run by a bunch of slobbering idiots???