Get your best Jack Donaghy quotes ready: Alec Baldwin may replace Keith Olbermann’s star power on MSNBC, according to gossip.
An anonymous inside source at the network told Rob Shuter that the move would make sense. “He’s already part of the NBC family, has a huge fan base and is very respected for his long-term passions for politics,” said the source. A longtime blogger for the Huffington Post, Baldwin shows a penchant for commentary, is confident on camera, and in one friend’s words, believes in “fighting for the rights of everyday people.”
Baldwin himself hints at a different path: public office. In a recent appearance on Parker-Spitzer, the one-time submarine-steering actor expressed interest in subverting the Ivy League-dominated political sphere:
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.
The Atlantic Wire did a good roundup of opinions on why Baldwin would never cut it as a politician. But a talking head? A narrator on the American condition? He’s been there, done that.