Thirty Rock Star For President
Actors becoming politicians is nothing new. Clint Eastwood was the mayor of Carmel, Arnold Schwarzeneger the governor of California, and Ronald Reagan was our President. Now, according to a new internet news story, Alec Baldwin would like to try his hand at being a public servant.
This should be good news for me, I know. I know what Alec Baldwin’s political views are, and we agree on a lot of issues. He frequently blogs on The Huffington Post, and he’s actually a pretty decent writer and an intelligent guy.
However, I greet this announcement with the same skepticism that any Republican should feel if Mel Gibson decided to run for the United States Senate. Gibson is almost guaranteed to be politically conservative. But if you were a Republican (and maybe you are) would you want him representing you? Probably not.
Why? Because Mel Gibson is, in a word, whack. This guy is deeply, deeply disturbed. Any two year old can tell that by just looking at the photos on the tabloid covers in the supermarket.
A few years ago someone released a tape of Baldwin yelling at and berating his daughter Ireland. I wouldn’t talk to my dog the way Baldwin talked to his daughter. Baldwin and his ex, Kim Bassinger, have been battling it out in the courts forever about custody issues, with Baldwin accusing her of parental alienation.
And maybe it’s true. Who knows? He even cared enough to write a book on the subject. But after listening to him rant in a voicemail to Ireland most people probably concluded, like me, that Alec Baldwin didn’t need Kim’s help in alienating his daughter. He was doing fine at that on his own.
After that media frenzy life seemed to get normal for Baldwin, and he stayed out of the news for his personal life for quite a long time. Then, again, there’s weirdness with his daughter. As recently as February of this year mainstream news outlets like CBS were reporting that Baldwin was briefly hospitalized when he and Ireland had an argument on the phone that ended with him telling her that he was tired of this and that he was going to take some pills and end it. He then refused to answer his phone when his daughter called. So, she called 911, and the police showed up at Baldwin’s house.
Boys and girls, can you say manipulation? It’s the word for the day. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!
Choosing politicians is not just about their intellect and their beliefs and their knowledge of the subjects necessary to govern. I don’t question that Baldwin would probably be better qualified than many people who hold office in America on that score. But when we as Americans choose someone to represent us in public office we also want to know that that individual is sane and that his temperament is well suited to the position. If this is how he behaves with his own daughter, then what can we expect from him if he’s baited by a political competitor, or, God forbid, a foreign diplomat?
Howard Dean, an absolutely brilliant medical doctor with a promising political career, lost any hope in his presidential bid when he lost his temper during a concession speech following the Iowa caucus. This man had a career as a public servant already, and what happened is that he raised his voice, on camera, in front of a nation. His political ambitions were ruined. And maybe, even though Howard Dean was my favorite in the Democratic primaries that year, maybe he should have lost for that reason. He can’t control his temper. Do we want someone who can’t control his temper having access to “the button”?
So, to Alec Baldwin I say: Dude, you’re funny, you’re talented, you’re smart, and we agree on a lot of things. I might love to meet you for a coffee some time. But sadly, Alec, a career as a political leader is just not in your future anymore than it is in Christian Bale’s future. Give it up. You’ve blown it before you started because the American people might vote for an actor, but the American people will never vote for someone that they perceive as being mean, unhinged, or just plain nuts. Sorry.
Entry filed under: Celebrity, Entertainment, Manners, Media, Mental Health, Politics, Relationships, Social Commentary. Tags: Alec Baldwin, Clint Eastwood, Howard Dean, Huffington Post, Kim Basinger, Mel Gibson, Ronald Reagan, United States.