Last night, actor, podcaster and paparazzi target Alec Baldwin debuted his new MSNBC talk show, Up Late With Alec. And his guest for the entire hour was Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio. Baldwin—whose set looked like an upscale diner—opened with: "America's largest city has been run by a billionaire media mogul for the last 12 years. But that's about to change: My guest for the hour tonight is heavily favored to become the first Democrat in 20 years to serve as New York City's mayor. On issues such as stop-and-frisk and growing inequality, the entire country is watching to see whether Bill de Blasio will enact the progressive policies he's running on and whether they will work. He was a dark horse who ran to the left of the Democratic establishment—telling a tale of two cities, the haves and have nots. Now facing his first debate with Republican challenger Joe Lhota next week, de Blasio is promising a real break from the Bloomberg era. I was an early supporter of his" (Baldwin was outspoken in his disdain for Christine Quinn) "but the question remains what can any mayor do about inequality on Wall Street's home turf."
The actor asked questions like whether de Blasio thinks Albany can pass his plan to tax those making more than $500,000/year to fund universal pre-K (de Blasio said yes)—and, referring to de Blasio's courtship of wife Chirlane McCray, "How'd you close that deal?" As for the popular ads showing his mixed-race family, de Blasio said they showed a lot of "warmth" and may be an "indicator of a society that may be healing... It would be glorious one day to have a post-racial society."