"There are whispers amongst the conservative movement that if Ron Reagan and Sarah Palin and the likes can ascend to such political positions, then there's hope for a kooky kid like Stevie B," Stephen Baldwin told us on Thursday at a Cinema Society screening of Casino Jack. However, Alec's religious conservative brother has no plans to run for political office; he has higher goals. "I'm 44 years old, my plan is to be a billionaire by 50, which these days, that's very doable," he said. "And once I achieve that goal, my plan would be to be the George Soros for Jesus."
Baldwin's "doable" route to becoming a billionaire leads through new business ideas and partnerships with existing companies. For example, he is spokesperson for and has an ownership stake in Opflex, an oil-cleanup company working in the Gulf of Mexico, and he's also working on an "energy technology involving the ability to control the electrical currents within any type of apparatus that has a motor."
While he's a fan of Sarah Palin's Alaska — "You know, Sarah called me her favorite Baldwin brother on SNL" — he does have a bone to pick with her. "I must say, I've got to get on the phone with Sarah Palin as soon as possible. From about 50 or 60 yards, she had a clear shot at a moose there, and she missed the first three times! Come on, Sarah. Dial in that scope and let's take care of business."
He's not sure whether Palin will enter the 2012 presidential race, but he thinks Mike Huckabee would be a fantastic Republican candidate. "And I think you're going to be seeing the tea party coming on in a much more aggressive and powerful way leading up to the next presidential election," Baldwin said. The former drug addict intends to participate in tea party events — to a certain extent. "I think I'm more of a partier than tea partier, you know, if my reputation is at all true."