By Tom Z
10:53 AM EST, December 20, 2012
Ben Affleck appeared in Washington yesterday to meet with Hillary Clinton and John Kerry about violence in the Congo. Affleck is founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, which seeks to curb the massive number of killings in that country (5 million in 14 years). Despite his best efforts to downplay such claims, rumors are now surfacing that Affleck may run for Senate in the state of Massachusetts. There’s little evidence that he’s even considering a Senate run, but apparently we’re so lazy in this country that anyone who shows interest in anything is a shrewd political ladder-climber. From Politico:
In Washington to raise awareness about the violence plaguing Congo, Affleck was also scheduled to meet Wednesday with other lawmakers, including Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), who is widely believed to be replacing Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, which would open a special election for a Senate seat in Massachusetts.
Earlier this week, reports surfaced that [Affleck] was being touted as a potential candidate for Senate in Massachusetts. Affleck campaigned for Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in her race against freshman Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) in November. There is also speculation that Brown would be interested in running again.
Ben Affleck would make a great Senator. He’s good looking, smart and charismatic. He dresses well. He knows more about being in the public spotlight than he does about public policy. He’s used to being called a douchebag in the media and having to pander to stupid people. He’s friends with a lot of rich guys. He works about 8 months a year and takes vacations the rest of the time. In other words, he’s the same as every other Senator. Except there are a couple problems. One, he actually cares about the Congo, and two, he’s a film director, so he’s trained so stick to a certain budget. We’ll have to fix that. We can’t have our public officials trying to accomplish something. In fact, scratch everything I just said. Ben Affleck would make a terrible Senator. He’s way overqualified.
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