Over the past year or so, rumors of Matthew McConaughey running for office have progressed from mere rumors to full blown actual consideration.
One of the hottest topics in Texas, McConaughey has said on more than one occasion that he is seriously considering public office.
On an episode of The Hugh Hewitt Show, McConaughey got to talking about his new book Greenlights, a little bit of football and more, but then he said something that made the whole world stop and take notice…. he’d consider public office.
“I don’t know. I mean, that wouldn’t be up to me. It would be up to the people more than it would me. I would say this: Look, politics seems to be a broken business to me right now. And when politics redefines its purpose, I could be a hell of a lot more interested.”
He then offered his recommendation for how to get this thing back on track, and for McConaughey, it all starts with the individual and personal responsibility.
“I want to get behind personal values to rebind our social contracts with each other as Americans, as people again. No matter what side of the aisle you’re on.
We have broken those social contracts, we don’t trust each other and that leads to us not trust in ourselves, which if that becomes epidemic, then we’ve got anarchy.
So, I’m all for the individual, and I think it’s for… to make collective change that the individual needs to look in the mirror and say, ‘How can I be a little bit better today?’”
Sounds like a solid platform to me.
And according to the latest polls, it sounds good to the rest of Texas.
In a recent poll from Dallas Morning News, McConaughey is leading incumbent governor Greg Abbott by a pretty solid margin.
Abbott’s approval rating has dropped to 45% in recent months, but as it stands right now, McConaughey is leading Abbott by 9 points, with former Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke also closing the gap as well.
And granted, these are just early polls, and the chances of McConaughey actually running are probably pretty slim, but either way it seems like McConaughey could be a pretty formidable opponent.
However, it’s unclear which party McConaughey would represent.
In a previous interview with USA Today, he “dared” people to meet in the middle:
“Look, I’m a ‘Meet You in the Middle’ man. When I say ‘aggressively centric,’ that sometimes gets parceled over there with ‘Oh, that’s a shade of grey, a compromise.’ And I say, ‘Bullshit. That’s a dare. Right now, that’s radical. You wanna be brave? Come on over here.’
Why? Because you got more agility, cause you got more adaptability. Because there’s different situations for different sides. Sometimes the left is better at this, sometimes the right. There’s different choices for different circumstances.”
I don’t live in Texas, so I don’t really have any skin in the game, but McConaughey in the Governor’s mansion sounds pretty cool, eh?
Again I'm fine with Matthew McConaughey as governor of Texas as long as Nic Pizzolatto writes all his dialog pic.twitter.com/AIq5VWMUQg