Don’t Piss Off Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin is a gifted actor. He needs a little lots of anger management help.

Remember how he railed at his daughter… the voicemail heard ’round the world. Now he’s going off at Jack Cafferty, CNN’s avuncular gadfly.

This isn’t to say Cafferty hasn’t said wrong minded things about Alec Baldwin. I think he has. From HuffingtonPost’s “Man of the People” column written by Baldwin:

“I was sorry to watch, live on CNN, Edward R. Murrow and Emmy Award-winning broadcaster and all around “Man of the People” Jack Cafferty spit on me on his broadcast today.

After decrying the notion of “actors and comedians” running for public office, Cafferty stated, “Baldwin’s credentials are questionable… but Franken is no slouch. He’s Harvard educated.”

So Franken fits the mold for Cafferty because he went to Harvard? What other schools does Cafferty approve of as breeding grounds for office holders in America? What other professions does Cafferty believe should be excluded from holding office? “

OK–I can understand Alec Baldwin being upset, but how far does an adult go? Is this too far?

“I would like to make a deal with Cafferty. Jack, you don’t tell people that a career in the performing arts disqualifies them from seeking elected office, and I won’t say publicly that your being convicted of leaving the scene of an accident in which you struck a cyclist and then ran two red lights while you were pursued by the police and were subsequently ordered to serve 70 hours of community service back in May of 2003 disqualifies you from posing as a “Man of the People” on a major cable news network.

Fair enough?

This is how a child fights. This isn’t the response I’d expect from an adult.

If Baldwin does decide to run for political office his education will be a lot less important than his explosions.

We are all flawed. We are not all volatile.

3 Responses to “Don’t Piss Off Alec Baldwin”

  1. Gary says:

    Had Baldwin made those remarks verbally and off the cuff in the heat of emotion, I could give him a pass…but to sit down and craft those written words, and not regret them or edit them or re-think them all the way till they got posted on Huffington says quite a bit about the man he’s NOT.

  2. Bob says:

    Imagine if Baldwin had said, “I understand why Cafferty might be skeptical, but in the coming months I intend to make my case as to why I’m a good candidate. I think Cafferty will be pleasantly surprised.” No bad publicity, no CNN personality who now hates your guts.

    Temperament really does matter. The fiery folks are fun to listen to, but at the end of the day it’s the adults who govern best.

  3. Gary says:

    Here’s what Baldwin should have done – list the following people:

    Arnold Schwarzenegger

    Jesse Ventura

    Sonny Bono

    Ronald Reagan

    Clint Eastwood

    Fred Thompson

    Shirley Temple

    All of these actors became politicians. Instead, he did something ugly.

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