It was yoga, not politics, that primarily brought actor and MSNBC host Alec Baldwin and his yoga-instructing wife Hilaria into the District Thursday night. The couple had been tapped by the Smithsonian to host "Some Enlightened Evening," a gala to celebrate the new Sackler Gallery exhibition, Yoga: The Art of Transformation.
Whispers asked the Baldwins who amongst the leaders on Capitol Hill might benefit from a little yoga posing. "Let's get Mitch [McConnell] down on the floor and get him stretched out," Alec Baldwin said, referring to the Republican Senate Minority Leader. Baldwin pointed to the $3 billion Kentucky dam project that got tacked on to this week's debt deal. (The Kentucky lawmaker says he's not the one responsible for the "Kentucky Kickback," as some conservatives are calling it.) "I think Mitch should take some of that money...and get himself a mat and some blocks," Alec Baldwin suggested.
Hilaria Baldwin mentioned Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. "Can I give a class to Ted Cruz? No?" she said. "I think Ted Cruz is beyond hope," her husband interjected. "I think if Ted Cruz went to prison and studied yoga in the mountains for 10 years it wouldn't help him."
But then the couple reconsidered. "What about that bed of nails we just saw?" Hilaria Baldwin asked, noting a part of the Smithsonian exhibit. "I could see Ted Cruz on a bed of nails, yeah, that I could see," Alec Baldwin replied.
"It's not as torture, it's to be able to deal with your issues," his wife interjected.
With his new MSNBC show, the "30 Rock" alum seems to be moving closer to politics, so does that mean he'll be more of a fixture in Washington?
"If my wife runs for office," Alec Baldwin answered, saying that she or their baby daughter Carmen would be the better Baldwin future politician.
"If I were president then everybody would do yoga every single day," Hilaria Baldwin said.