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.
And here’s the thing, the polls show that he actually has a good shot at winning.
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 trailing both.
However, in a new interview with the New York Times, McConaughey laid it all out there, speaking more candidly about politics than he probably ever has.
And once again, he challenged us all to get aggressively centric.
When it comes to even the term “politics” and the possibility of McConaughey actually running for the Governor of Texas, it all comes down to redefining what that even means:
“I mean, please, help… I’d love to hear some definitions. I’m working on what I’m trying to understand politics to be. I think we’ve got to redefine politics.
If each party’s only about preservation of party, well, I’m almost arguing that’s undemocratic. If you’re only there to, by hook or by crook, preserve your party, you’re leaving out 50 percent of the people. So I think politics needs a redefining.
Look, are the parties so extreme right now that they’re going to walk their way into extinction? I don’t know. What I fear is, you know, great nations aren’t taken over from the outside. They implode.
Civil war— that’s the big fear for me for the country, is this path we’re going. It’s not constructive. I don’t see the way out right now through politics.”
But for McConaughey, the very reason he should stay away from politics is also the very same reason that he should get involved:
“One side of the argument is, ‘McConaughey, exactly. That’s why you need to go get in there.’ The other side is, ‘pfft, that’s a bag of rats, man. Don’t touch that with a 10 foot pole.'”
And as far as a party? Well, McConaughey isn’t playing for either team:
“I think people want a third party and we’ve got one and it doesn’t have a name right now and it is the majority. I’m hesitant to throw labels.
You throw a third party and make it— give it a name, it all of a sudden becomes something that is divisive. But there is a sleeping giant right now. And it’s the majority.
Third party, centrist… I think it’s necessary to be aggressively centric to possibly salvage democracy in America right now.”