All of us emerged from last week’s holiday fog to the news that Ben Affleck isn’t running for US Senate — but Ed Markey is. Neither fact is especially shocking. A Washington promotion sounds great for a Washington guy. Meanwhile, if you were one of People’s former “Sexiest Men Alive,” wouldn’t you rather hang out with Matt in Pacific Palisades than wrangle every day with Mitch McConnell?
Still, Affleck’s Facebook page remains a tribute to the public’s movie-star-as-politician fantasy: at last count, more than 1,600 “likes” and 250 comments, most of them pleading for Affleck to reconsider. Someone asked him to fix the TSA so she could carry bottled water through the LAX security gates. Senator Ben could do anything!