Angelina Jolie Open To Political Career? Here Are Other Actors Turned Politicians

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Think again, Angelina!

She may be one of the world's most famous movie stars, acclaimed as a UN ambassador and humanitarian, , admired as a mom of six, whip-smart and drop-dead gorgeous to boot, but she might want to think again if she's seriously considering going into politics.

Given American history and the record of wins and losses, including Tuesday's Republican-dominated midterm elections, the likelihood is ... she won't win. And she might not like it even if she did.

Which may be why some of her fellow movie stars "mentioned," as they say in politics, as possible candidates for public office — Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Ashley Judd, Alec Baldwin, to name a few — haven't made a move or outright rejected the idea.

Celebrities are "good cheerleaders but I don't think they'd be good elected officials," says Howard Bragman, veteran Hollywood observer and vice chairman of Reputation.com. "It requires discipline, a huge pay cut and an awesome level of scrutiny — it's everything they would resent."

Jolie toldVanity Fair's December issue recently that she is "open" to running for political office but hesitant.

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Brangelina is no more. Let's take a look at the supercouple through the years.  Matt Sayles, AP>FullscreenAnd so it began ... Brangelina was sparked when Brad
And so it began ... Brangelina was sparked when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie steamed up screens in 2005's 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith.' In January 2005, Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, his then-wife (they married in 2000), announced their separation. Two months later, Aniston filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.  Stephen Vaughan, 20th Century Fox>FullscreenAngelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, dodging rumors of a romance, kept their distance as they promoted 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith' at ShoWest in Las Vegas in March 2005.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, dodging rumors of a romance, kept their distance as they promoted 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith' at ShoWest in Las Vegas in March 2005.  Isaac Brekken, AP>FullscreenDuring an 'Access Hollywood' interview that aired in April 2005, Brad Pitt denied a magazine report that he was romantically involved with Angelina Jolie, calling it 'completely untrue.'
During an 'Access Hollywood' interview that aired in April 2005, Brad Pitt denied a magazine report that he was romantically involved with Angelina Jolie, calling it 'completely untrue.'  Roberto Pfeil, John D. McHugh, AP>FullscreenIn an interview in the June 2005 issue of 'Vanity Fair,' Angelina Jolie denied that she had said she was a shoulder for Brad Pitt to cry on after the breakup of his marriage.
In an interview in the June 2005 issue of 'Vanity Fair,' Angelina Jolie denied that she had said she was a shoulder for Brad Pitt to cry on after the breakup of his marriage.  AP>FullscreenBrad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, here with her son Maddox,
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, here with her son Maddox, arrive at Narita International Airport in Tokyo, in November 2005. The two stars were in Japan to promote 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith.'  Yoshikazu Tsuno, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenIn early January 2006, Angelina Jolie confirmed she was pregnant with Brad Pitt's baby, thereby publicly acknowledging their relationship for the first time. The news came one month after papers were filed to make Pitt the adoptive father of Jolie's two children. Here, they tour the Immaculate Conception School in Port au Prince, Haiti, on Jan. 13, 2006.
In early January 2006, Angelina Jolie confirmed she was pregnant with Brad Pitt's baby, thereby publicly acknowledging their relationship for the first time. The news came one month after papers were filed to make Pitt the adoptive father of Jolie's two children. Here, they tour the Immaculate Conception School in Port au Prince, Haiti, on Jan. 13, 2006.  Brennan Linsley, AP>FullscreenBrad Pitt and a visibly pregnant Angelina Jolie walk through the lobby at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 26, 2006.
Brad Pitt and a visibly pregnant Angelina Jolie walk through the lobby at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 26, 2006.  Anja Niedringhaus, AP>FullscreenThe Cottage Private Hospital, chosen by Brangelina as the birthing place for their child in Swakopmund, Namibia. Jolie's publicist, Cindy Guagenti, announced May 28, 2006, that Jolie had a baby girl, named Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt.
The Cottage Private Hospital, chosen by Brangelina as the birthing place for their child in Swakopmund, Namibia. Jolie's publicist, Cindy Guagenti, announced May 28, 2006, that Jolie had a baby girl, named Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt.  Getty Images>FullscreenBrangelina, along with son Maddox, sit in an auto-rickshaw
Brangelina, along with son Maddox, sit in an auto-rickshaw as they go out for a ride in Pune, southeast of Mumbai, India, in October 2006. Jolie was in the area to shoot Michael Winterbottom's 'A Mighty Heart,' about American journalist Daniel Pearl, who was slain by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002.  STR/AFP>FullscreenBrangelina, daughter Zahara and son Maddox stroll on the seafront promenade in Mumbai in November 2006.
Brangelina, daughter Zahara and son Maddox stroll on the seafront promenade in Mumbai in November 2006.  STR AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenAngelina Jolie and Brad Pitt on the red carpet for the world premiere of Jolie's film 'The Good Shepherd' in December 2006 in New York.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt on the red carpet for the world premiere of Jolie's film 'The Good Shepherd' in December 2006 in New York.  Jeff Christensen, AP>FullscreenAww, that's more like it! Brangelina gaze lovingly at one another on the red carpet at the 64th annual Golden Globe Awards in January 2007.
Aww, that's more like it! Brangelina gaze lovingly at one another on the red carpet at the 64th annual Golden Globe Awards in January 2007.  Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY>FullscreenBrad Pitt and Angelina Jolie on a busy street in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in November 2006. In March 2007, Jolie adopted 3-year-old Pax Thien from an orphanage there. Pitt adopted Pax in the U.S. in February 2008.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie on a busy street in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in November 2006. In March 2007, Jolie adopted 3-year-old Pax Thien from an orphanage there. Pitt adopted Pax in the U.S. in February 2008.  STR AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenBrangelina does Cannes! Here, Angelina Jolie and Brad
Brangelina does Cannes! Here, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive at a photo call for 'A Mighty Heart' during the 60th Cannes Film Festival in May 2007.  Pascal Le Segretain, Getty Images>FullscreenBrad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, now looking sun-kissed, promote Pitt's new film, 'Ocean's Thirteen,' in May 2007 at Cannes.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, now looking sun-kissed, promote Pitt's new film, 'Ocean's Thirteen,' in May 2007 at Cannes.  Pascal Le Segretain, Getty Images>FullscreenBrad Pitt and Angelina Jolie at the New York premiere
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie at the New York premiere of 'A Mighty Heart' in June 2007.  Stuart Ramson, AP>FullscreenA pregnant Angelina Jolie arrives with Brad Pitt at the Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, Calif., in February 2008.
A pregnant Angelina Jolie arrives with Brad Pitt at the Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, Calif., in February 2008.  Matt Sayles, AP>FullscreenBrangelina at the gala screening of 'Kung Fu Panda'
Brangelina at the gala screening of 'Kung Fu Panda' at Cannes Film Festival in May 2008. That same month, Angelina Jolie confirmed she was expecting twins.  Guillaume Horcajuelo, EPA>FullscreenBrad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and their brood moved into the Miraval property in Correns in southern France, where they awaited the birth of the twins.
Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and their brood moved into the Miraval property in Correns in southern France, where they awaited the birth of the twins.  Lionel Cironneau, AP>FullscreenBrad Pitt carries daughters Shiloh and Zahara into the Lenval Hospital in Nice, France, where Angelina Jolie would give birth to twins.
Brad Pitt carries daughters Shiloh and Zahara into the Lenval Hospital in Nice, France, where Angelina Jolie would give birth to twins.  Lionel Cironneau, AP>FullscreenThe mayor of Nice, France, Christian Estrosi, displays
The mayor of Nice, France, Christian Estrosi, displays the birth certificates for one of Angelina Jolie's twins at Lenval Hospital on July 13, 2008. Jolie gave birth to a boy, Knox Leon, and a girl, Vivienne Marcheline, on July 12.  Claude Paris, AP>FullscreenBrad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the New York premiere
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the New York premiere of 'Changeling' in October 2008.  Andrew H. Walker, Getty Images>FullscreenParty of eight! Brangelina and their five children
Party of eight! Brangelina and their five children arrive at Narita International Airport in January 2009 in Japan, where Brad Pitt was to promote his film 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.'  Junko Kimura, Getty Images>FullscreenBrangelina and Zahara disembark from a boat in Venice, Italy, in February 2010. Jolie was in Venice to shoot scenes for 'The Tourist.'
Brangelina and Zahara disembark from a boat in Venice, Italy, in February 2010. Jolie was in Venice to shoot scenes for 'The Tourist.'  Luigi Costantini, AP>FullscreenAngelina Jolie and Brad Pitt stand on a Budapest, Hungary, set during the shooting of Jolie's directorial debut on Nov. 8, 2010. 'In the Land of Blood and Honey,' which Jolie also wrote and produced, is about a love story set during the Bosnian war.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt stand on a Budapest, Hungary, set during the shooting of Jolie's directorial debut on Nov. 8, 2010. 'In the Land of Blood and Honey,' which Jolie also wrote and produced, is about a love story set during the Bosnian war.  Bea Kallos, AP>FullscreenAngelina Jolie's leg upstages Brad Pitt at the 84th annual Academy Awards in February 2012.
Angelina Jolie's leg upstages Brad Pitt at the 84th annual Academy Awards in February 2012.  Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY>FullscreenIt's official! After seven years together, the couple
It's official! After seven years together, the couple get engaged. Here, Angelina Jolie sports an engagement ring as she and Brad Pitt view works from the Chinese collection with their son Pax at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in April 2012.  Howard Pasamanick, Museum Associates/ LACMA>FullscreenBrangelina breaks into the wine business. The Miraval, Cote de Provence rosé wine was the first wine to be sold from the French vineyard owned by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
Brangelina breaks into the wine business. The Miraval, Cote de Provence rosé wine was the first wine to be sold from the French vineyard owned by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.  Remy de la Mauviniere, AP>FullscreenBrad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are all smiles at the
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are all smiles at the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. They look happy, but still no wedding at this point.  Dan MacMedan, WireImage>FullscreenThe two attend an official Academy of Motion Picture
The two attend an official Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences screening of 'By the Sea' in November 2015.  Robin Marchant, Getty Images for the Academy>FullscreenRobert De Niro chats with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Robert De Niro chats with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in November 2015.  Grant Lamos IV, FilmMagic>FullscreenBrad Pitt (as Roland) comforts Angelina Jolie Pitt
Brad Pitt (as Roland) comforts Angelina Jolie Pitt (as Vanessa) in 'By the Sea,' which she directed. The movie is released in November 2015.  Universal Pictures via AP>FullscreenAngelina Jolie Pitt  and Brad Pitt arrive at AFI Fest
Angelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt arrive at AFI Fest 2015's opening night gala premiere of 'By the Sea' in Los Angeles.  Kevin Winter, Getty Images>FullscreenBrad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive at the 15th annual
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive at the 15th annual AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills in January 2015.  Steve Granitz, WireImage>Fullscreen

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    For good reason. Politics is hard, tedious and money-grubbing, says Darrell West, vice president of government studies at Washington's Brookings Institute think-tank and author of Celebrity Politics.

    The things one has to do to be successful in politics are not the skills most entertainers possess, he says, even though they have plenty of what politicians crave: name recognition and media attention.

    "They feel they have the skills but the record shows that's not true," West says. "They overestimate their star appeal. You can be well-known and well-liked in an entertainment sense and be a complete failure as a candidate. It takes different skills — raising money, meeting donors and answering tough questions."

    Also, and this is crucial, the record shows that Republican celebs can win (think Ronald Reagan, Sonny Bono and Clint Eastwood) while liberal Hollywood Democrats usually lose (Al Franken being the main exception).

    "(Running as a Republican) makes it easier for them because they're not seen as ultra-liberal, they have the ability to raise money, and their political agenda fits better with the nature of our times," says West.

    West is not bullish on any celeb's chances, including Jolie's. "There's no one on the horizon who has the credibility to do this," he says. "All of them have baggage or are just not well positioned."

    Just ask American Idol's Clay Aiken, who turned out not to be idolized by voters in a North Carolina congressional district on Tuesday. "We came up short in another vote," Aiken, a Democrat, said alluding to his second-place showing in Season 2 of Idol 11 years ago.

    But presidential historian Douglas Brinkley is more upbeat about Jolie's chances, despite the counter-culture rep of Hollywood liberals dating from the 1960s.

    "They partook of drugs, denounced the U.S. Armed Forces, and lived wild lifestyles," he says. "But I think things have changed. I think Angelina Jolie — who's smart as a tack — could someday be a U.S. senator of California."

    Certainly, some on Twitter were excited about her chances:

    Think I found my new gig @Telegraph Angelina Jolie says she's considering a career in politics http://t.co/AQkwF0r9mIpic.twitter.com/cC66C2K8mo

    — Advance Guy Notes (@AdvanceGuyNotes) November 4, 2014

    The list of stars-turned-pols is not that long but it's dominated by Republicans: Besides Reagan, Bono and Eastwood, there's Fred Grandy (The Love Boat), Ben Jones (Dukes of Hazzard), Fred Thompson (Law & Order), and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    On the Dem side, there's Franken. Jesse Ventura, the ex-pro wrestler who became governor of Minnesota, ran as a Reform Party candidate.

    The list of stars said to have recently considered running for office includes Kal Penn, Sean Astin, Fran Drescher, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Steven Seagal. So far, not a one has been seen on the campaign hustings or on C-SPAN.

    Last year, Judd thought she might like to be a U.S. senator from Kentucky, then thought better about it.

    That may be what Jolie decides, too. "I am conscious of what I do for a living, and that (could) make it less possible," she told Vanity Fair.

    Part of the appeal of celebrities is their mystique, which would disappear once they hit the hustings, says Bragman.

    "As soon as they have to start glad-handing, they're going to get the same nastiness and vitriol every candidate gets," he says. "It's easy to put out a tweet but (politics) requires talking in-depth and with intelligence and understanding."

    As for begging donors for money? "Celebrities don't ask people for things, they want people to ask them for things," Bragman says.

    So why would any celebrity even think of getting into politics? Don't laugh, but maybe some are motivated by actual (as opposed to Hollywood) idealism, says Peter Levine, an expert on citizenship and public affairs at Tisch College at Tufts University in Massachusetts.

    "And that's a good thing to aspire to — we do need idealistic people to go to Washington and make it better," Levine says.

    On the other hand, maybe celebs are influenced by the blurring of lines these days between politicos and celebs.

    "Some elected officials are very celebrity-ish, they're not known for hard, detail work but for being in the media all the time," Levine says. "So the blurring of the meaning of celebrity might make it easier for celebrities to think of themselves in politics."

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