You know what Congress needs? No, not filibuster reform and more bipartisan legislation. It needs a movie star. Enter: Ben Affleck. In an interview with Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer, which was taped Thursday and will air on Sunday, Ben Affleck failed to squelch rumors that he will run for Senate should John Kerry be named U.S. Secretary of State when Hillary Clinton steps down. Which means he is totally going to run.
During the interview, Schieffer quesions Affleck point blank about the rumors. "Have you ever thought about running for public office yourself?" he asks. And in response, the star and director of Argo dances delicately around the answer without ever actually denying anything. One would think that if Affleck really had no political aspirations he would be quick to say so. Nothing ends a rumor quick like saying, "No, Bob, I won't be running for office." But alas, Affleck did no such thing. Which means, I repeat, Affleck is totally going to throw his hat in the ring come January.
Let's take a closer look at Affleck's comments, shall we?
What he said: "For one thing, the state of Mass. currently has two extraordinary senators, so there is no vacancy."
What he means: There is no vacancy in the Senate right now. It would be jumping the gun to make any declarations before Kerry has been offered Clinton's seat.
What he said: "One never knows, I'm not one to get into conjecture. I do have a great fondness and admiration for the political process in this country, it's a big deal for me to come down here and be on your show that I've watched so much. But I'm not going to get into speculation about my political future."
What he means: Voting is good. So, when the time comes (which isn't now), vote for me! And also, please let me back on your show, Bob. I'm going to need the publicity.
What he said: "I like to be involved."
What he means: I have good, strong opinions and I like being in a position of power that allows me to implement them.
What he said: "Right now I'm really happy being involved from the outside in government, advocating for the Congolese, taking this movie that I made Argo and its really become a springboard for dialogue about our relationship with Iran which, as Hillary Clinton said, is the most pressing foreign policy issue today."
What he means: I can't stress the right now part of this sentence enough. And look — I know about foreign policy! And I can name drop Hillary Clinton with the best of 'em. (Also, my movie is the best.)
What he said: "So, I got a lot on my plate."
What he means: First, let me get my Oscar. Then I'll worry about this politics stuff.
Here's the video of Affleck's Face the Nation interview:
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