Anthony Weiner’s Horrible Downfall Is Great News for Alec Baldwin!

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: Actor Alec Baldwin attends the 56th annual Village Voice Obie Awards at Webster Hall on May 16, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images) Photo: Mike Coppola/2011 Getty Images

For years now, Alec Baldwin has mulled a run for some kind of political position, whether congressman, senator, or governor. But there's a big opening for mayor of New York City in 2013, and with the presumed departure of Anthony Weiner from the race, that opening just got ... more ... open. The Daily reports that Baldwin has noticed:

The “30 Rock” star, who has long talked about running for political office, believes Weinergate has shaken up the field of candidates enough that he might have a chance to win, a friend of the actor told The Daily.

“Alec said, ‘Hey, maybe this changes the race. The dynamics have shifted,’ ” said Baldwin’s pal.

“The Democrats need a high-profile candidate, and Alec can fill that bill.”

Sorry, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio, Comptroller John Liu, former comptroller Bill Thompson, and other officials presumed to be thinking about running for mayor in 2013. You are mere humble civil servants ripe for the squashing by someone with better comedic timing.