I think Baldwin does an incredible job spinning the authoritative "suit" role by alternating between WASP entitlement, child-like giddiness, and vunerability. What's great is that he says the most politically incorrect things about sex, race, and class — and still manages to come off as likable. How does a rich, white male character pull that off?
Favorite Jack Donaghy lines (in no particular order):
This ought to prove my mother wrong, saying Donaghy is Gaelic for failure. What the hell does she know, she's a Murphy: Bunch of mud farmers and sheep rapists.
Just to know she's filled with bile over me warms my heart.
So I was doing some research on comedy and I came across the cartoon strip "Dilbert." It's quite good. And I was wondering if we could do that.
Liz: Why are you wearing a tux?
Jack: It's after six. What am I, a farmer?
Don't gloat, it makes you seem man-ish.
Sure, I gotcha. New York, third-wave feminist. College-educated, single, and pretending to be happy about it, over-scheduled, undersexed, you buy any magazine that says "healthy body image" on the cover, and every two years you take up knitting ... for a week.