And the latest celebrity that the Democratic Party is floating as a political hotshot is … Ben Affleck?
Yup. Affleck is being mentioned as a candidate to run for John Kerry’s vacant Senate Seat after Kerry “reports for duty” as Secretary of State. But Affleck, who has been making noises about running for office for more than ten years, is pretending he couldn’t care less. In Washington D.C. to speak about the violence in the Congo, and asked by Politico whether he would run, Affleck coyly responded, “That’s not what I’m here to talk about. I’m here to talk about what role we can place in making the Eastern Congo a better place.”
But just yesterday Affleck sounded like any other politician when he offered up this answer to the question of running for office – “one never knows.”
Of course, in May 2001, Affleck told GQ, “My fantasy is that someday I’m independently wealthy enough that I’m not beholden to anybody, so I can run for Congress on the grounds that everyday people should be in government.” It should be noted that in one 10-year period, Affleck voted once; the mark of a man who cares deeply about politics.
Affleck has campaigned for Al Gore in 2000, Kerry in 2004, and Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, as well as Elizabeth Warren in 2012.
Kerry spokesman Alec Gerlach said Affleck would meet with Kerry in Washington.
Affleck has been a Democratic party hack for years; when Hillary Clinton ran for the Senate against Rick Lazio in 2000, Affleck told a Cornell University crowd that Clinton had been an ally of women and working families since “Rick Lazio was running around the frat house in his underwear.”
And Affleck has pretended to be more moderate:
Yes, I would say I’m a moderately liberal guy. I mean, there are things that I agree with the Democratic Party. There are things I don’t. For example, I’m not a big gun control guy. I believe in all the bill of rights, including the Second Amendment. I’m not a party guy one way or another. I don’t believe in subscribing to that. I still believe in people more than I believe in parties per se.
But what moderate would say: “Yeah, Bush was a profoundly stupid guy.”
And speaking of stupid, how about Affleck saying Saddam Hussein had no relationship with Al Qaeda on the O’Reilly factor? O’Reilly corrected him, reminding him that al-Zarqawi, Osama Bin Laden’s buddy, was living in Baghdad during the war.
Affleck never even graduated from college, although he tried college at the University of Vermont and Occidental College. He’s a decent actor, a good director and utterly unqualified for holding public office unless enough women fawn over his movie-star charisma.
But that’s the Democratic Party way nowadays; find an empty-headed celebrity like Affleck or Ashley Judd and present them as viable candidates for public office. It’s all smoke and mirrors for the Democrats, from the top to the bottom.