Following the November election, many analysts said that part of the problem that caused the Democratic bloodbath that virtually eliminated the Blue Dog faction of their party was an elitism that has been endemic to the party since at least 1988. Alec Baldwin announced yesterday that he plans to attack this scourge that has enveloped his political party.

From 1928 until the last decade of the 20th century, people who worked with their hands were an integral part of the party. They provided the ‘ground game’ necessary to win elections. But beginning then, Democrats decided to depend upon the Northeast, California, and inner cities as their base of support.

Last night, Baldwin appeared on a CNN program, Parker Spitzer, where he announced that he wants a future in politics to change this. As he told Eliot Spitzer, one of the hosts of this strangely titled show, “I do believe that people want to believe that someone who deeply cares about the middle class–for whatever reason–whatever your heritage and your background and so forth–would like to seek public office.”

How does Baldwin differ from those other politicians who don’t care about the middle class? Well, as he put it, “We’ve had men who are Ivy League-groomed running this country since 1988. We’ve had 22 years of Yale and Harvard and the problems aren’t getting solved.”

So, the clarion call for Democrats is to find new candidates who represent the middle class; there are few candidates that they could find who fit this paradigm better than Baldwin. Who else could relate better with the working class than he? He’s met, in his long career, hordes of stagehands and gofers, some of whom he knew by name. When he reads of the stagnation in the unemployment rate, I’m sure he asks his neighbors in both Beverly Hills and Manhattan if they have been adversely affected. When he reads of the qualms people have about illegal immigrants taking jobs, he asks his gardeners if this has caused a reduction in their wages. He makes sure that his limousine has at least some American-made parts. This is the voice that Democrats need; a true man of the people.

The video of the CNN interview can be viewed here: CNN Video