Should Celebs Step Into The Political Spotlight?

Photo: Alec Bladwin is rumored to be considering a run for New York City mayor. (Getty Images)

Sure, celebs have star power, but do they have the political smarts to activate communities and run government? With the 2012 election cycle just months away, there’s mumbling that some A-Listers may be throwing their hats in the race. But, would you vote for ‘em?

With “Weinergate” taking up editorial space in most magazines this week, it seems the frontrunner for New York City’s 2012 mayoral race will be pressured to bow out. Who will replace him at the polls, you ask? Some say “30 Rock”‘s Alec Baldwin. He’s confirmed that the top-rated show will go dark in 2012, giving the native New Yorker some free time to dabble in politics. Some call the mayoral position the “2nd hardest job in politics.” But with not much more than a couple Emmys, three Golden Globes and a progressive stance when it comes to politics, is America’s favorite primetime actor ready for the political spotlight?

The question of preparedness isn’t limited to Baldwin, however. After Haiti’s earthquake, musician Wyclef Jean announced that he wanted the opportunity to take on the role of president in the Western hemisphere’s poorest country. Without much political savvy, but a name recognition far outnumbering any other candidate, Wyclef had a solid chance at running the devastated country. Though the “Gone Til November” star was left off the ballot, his star power thrust him into the political arena despite his lack of experience. With a team of political pundits and Jean’s Rolodex of global leaders, could he have changed the face of Haiti? Possibly.
“Real World” star Sean Duffy seems to be doing just fine representing Wisconsin in the House, and despite marital misconduct The Arnold was able to hold on to two terms as governor of California.

So clearly, it’s not impossible to be a star and a political force. But should we leave politics to politicians? Levi Johnston doesn’t think so. What do you think? Let us know in the comments!

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