Alec Baldwin interested in running for office, Eliot Spitzer compares him to Sarah Palin

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.” (See the clip embedded after the jump.)

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  • Zach

    Don’t quit your day job! You’re a gifted actor and comedian but so clearly ill-equipped for holding a political office that it’s sickening to see you even try out of pure delusions of self-grandeur. Don’t knock higher learning from prestigious institutions! This is someone who called his own young daughter a pig, so let’s imagine him in those peace talks, shall we? He physically harassed his ex-wife and then wrote a book on family law. And he’s been trying to quit 30 Rock for years. Do we really want a quitter in office? Stick to being Tina Fey’s mouthpiece and playing important men on TV and in film. Leave the real work at least to the guys with relevant experience.

    • Jeff

      Alec Baldwin would make a great politician.

      He’s a brain dead idiot! Perfect!

  • whatevs

    I’ll vote for him if he runs as Jack Donaghy.

  • Seriously?

    Don’t forget he testified before congress in that one episode of 30 rock, so he has experiance with congressman. Who is Jack Donaghy?

    • Zach

      Only grandstanders like Queen Latifah.

  • Chappel

    “whose said he would retire after he finishes work with 30 Rock”? “Whose” is not a contraction of who has. Don’t they teach that in High School?

    • Zach

      You heard what Alec said! “We’ve had 22 years of Yale and Harvard running this country right now.” Time for some real folks to take over the Presidency and the EW staff positions!

  • Reita

    Please, please don’t run. They’ll replay all those horrid audios of you verbally abusing your daughter. She’ll be humiliated again, even though you don’t seem to be aware of what your words should humiliate YOU. We don’t need another insensitive, egocentric, man in office.

  • Mike

    I’ll vote for him if he promises to go on a date with me.

  • Run Alec Run

    Run, Alec, Run! I’d vote for you if I could. Forget the naysayers. So what if they replay the phone message. Your daughter shouldn’t have been a selfish little pig. She’ll think twice about dissing Daddy again. The voters will know you mean business.

  • Brett

    Eliot Spitzer is an idiot. You would think after his own scandal, he would have learned to keep his mouth shut but alas, some people never learn.

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