Michael Moore would back Matt Damon for president
As some progressives become increasingly vocal in their grumblings against President Obama, leftist moviemaker Michael Moore has decided to show his support for an unlikely candidate: actor Matt Damon.
Mr. Damon hasn’t expressed an interest in running for office, but Mr. Moore is lavishing praise on the liberal film star anyway.
“I think that he has been very courageous in not caring about who he offends by coming out and saying the things that need to be said here,” Mr. Moore said Sunday in a discussion hosted by the blog Firedoglake.
The “Dude, Where’s My Country?” author argued that the “Good Will Hunting” star could win the presidency simply through name recognition and his position among the Hollywood elite.
“And if you want to win,” Mr. Moore insisted, “the Republicans have certainly shown the way that when you run someone who is popular, you win. Sometimes even when you run an actor, you win.”
At this year’s Save our Schools March in the District, Mr. Damon lashed out on education policy, calling the current American system “intrinsically paternalistic.” He went on to blast those who accuse teachers of becoming lazy once they have the job security of tenure.
“A teacher wants to teach,” Mr. Damon said at the July 30 event. “I mean, why else would you take a [bad] salary, and really long hours, and do that job unless you really love to do it?”
Baldwin to hit the books before run for NYC mayor
Rather than run for mayor of New York City in 2013 as some have speculated, “30 Rock” star Alec Baldwin will be hitting the books.
According to the New York Times, the comedian plans to enroll in a master’s degree program for politics and government so he can familiarize himself with the issues before running for office in coming years. A 2013 run would be unlikely, Mr. Baldwin said.
The 53-year-old Huffington Post blogger told the Times that he has contacted top universities about their programs “to help me better understand what the fiscal imperatives of that job are. … What’s the reality of the city unions, of contracts, agreements, teachers, infrastructure, decentralizing, everything? And utilities, Con Ed, the MTA - how does it all work?”
At the start of the summer, Mr. Baldwin debuted his Twitter account and began tweeting heavily about politics, fueling rumors that he would seek office.