Though this may be a surprise to some, I knew that one day soon actor Alec Baldwin would lean strongly toward a run for political office. He’s voiced his intentions over the years, but his recent talk with CNN’s Elliot Spitzer was the most interested I’ve ever seen him about leaving entertainment for politics.
His Democratic views are well known, and he is a strong supporter of animal rights and the environment. He would be a compelling figure in the political arena. Anything could happen, but I expect more celebrities to test the waters. John Grisham and Tom Hanks have been asked to run by Democrats, and Kelsey Grammar and Gary Sinise have been courted by Republicans.
But with Baldwin in congress, there would never be a lack of excitement. Never. He’s very popular with women and young people, two heavily prized demographics both political parties want going into what will likely be a wild 2012 political season. Will Baldwin do it? Stay tuned.
Though I don’t write regularly about politics on this blog, I am more than aware of the daily (even hourly) ugliness President Obama and his family have had to endure. I won’t be recounting any of that in this piece. But, I do want to shed light on something that wasn’t on my radar until today: a Facebook Group with a million followers praying for the death of Barack Obama.
I am not going to argue the First Amendment about this matter. But, I believe Facebook has a duty, and a responsibility to take the page down. Not because millions more find it offensive, but, because of the record number of death threats to President Obama. I don’t know what can be done, but I am mortified.
I spent two years (Spring 2007 to Fall 2008) volunteering for the Obama Campaign, and creating a 50 State “email” Strategy to combat the vicious rumors and innuendo that were circulating about him on the web. If I have to dust off my old operation to assist him in what will likely be an ugly, hysteria filled 2012, I’ll likely point to this Facebook page of “Obama Death Proponents” as the thing that drove me out of retirement.