A lonely nation turns its eyes to… Matt Damon?

posted at 7:45 pm on August 14, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

Clearly the field of presidential candidates isn’t fully settled out yet, as the weekend’s events in Ames, Iowa demonstrated. And some new faces may yet be showing up on campaign posters near you. Chris Christie? Rudy? The Revenge of The Donald? No.

Are you ready for… Matt Damon for president?

Even in the increasingly wild world of American politics, it seemed an especially crazy idea: Matt Damon for president? After all, the handsome actor, whose boyish good looks belie the fact that he has just turned 40, is still best known for his early role in Good Will Hunting, where he played a working-class Bostonian.

So why is Damon’s name being mentioned in the context of the 2012 race for the White House and a possible liberal challenge to Barack Obama? The simple answer is to blame leftwing firebrand Michael Moore.

Leaving Michael Moore and his desires for a left wing primary challenge to Obama aside for the moment, the article does go on to point out why the Left might take Damon seriously as a potential candidate. Rather than simply attaching his name to a few high profile charity causes like feeding the hungry in Africa, it seems that Damon has actually burned up some shoe leather in real political efforts at home. And out here in New York, he has hitched his wagon to one group in particular.

Instead, Damon has lent his high profile name to the distinctly unfashionable cause of the Working Families Party. The WFP is an obscure leftwing political party that exists as a sort of pressure group in New York state on Democrats and leftists in order to pursue progressive ideals. Attaching your name to the WFP is about as far from trendy as any Hollywood celebrity could get. Yet Damon has been a passionate advocate for the party, appearing in a 2010 campaign video for them in which he urged New Yorkers to shun the Democrats and vote for the WFP as a genuine leftwing alternative.

The Guardian actually delivers a fairly honest description of the WFP, who I’ve written about here before. In New York, they are seen as the safe haven for people who think that the New York Democratic Party isn’t quite liberal – if not blatantly socialist – for you. (Regular readers also know that I’m not one of those writers who toss around the word “socialist” lightly. But the WFP fills the bill.)

I honestly don’t think the willpower exists on the Left to mount a serious challenge to Obama in a primary run. But if Damon has a big enough burr under his saddle, he has the kind of high profile soap box where he could cause headaches for the president during the 2012 cycle.

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Just what we need………..another Obama. Good God is anyone home?

afotia on August 14, 2011 at 10:09 PM

Have heard him speak extemporaneously. Dumber than a box of hammers. When his 3rd grade world view is challenged, he starts cursing like a stroke victim who can only fully pronounce his “sh!ts” and his “fu*ks.” It’s always kinda sad to learn that actors and actresses whose work you have enjoyed are basically brain dead. They’re like cabbages with some kind of savant acting skills.

Rational Thought on August 14, 2011 at 8:07 PM

True dat. Why do people fall for this? A person might have a particular skill, acting in this case. There’s no correlation between good acting and intelligence. Why would anyone care about his politics?

If you found a really, really good plumber, would you ask him who to vote for? Why take advice from a middling actor?

slickwillie2001 on August 14, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Hahahahahaha…

Matt Damon, who’s net worth is upwards of $60 million is lending his name to the “working families party”? Really?

The irony couldn’t get any richer.

ButterflyDragon on August 14, 2011 at 9:32 PM

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He must carry a load of guilt at being an average actor… and becoming a millionaire using that average skill. This association reduces his guilt.
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RalphyBoy on August 14, 2011 at 10:29 PM

Have I mentioned this guy is a twit? Glad he didn’t play Kirk in the reboot.

Sharr on August 14, 2011 at 10:32 PM

A saucy line will not get you far with me, Matt.

hawkdriver on August 14, 2011 at 10:43 PM

This is a sign of the times. A douchenozzle libtarded actor thinks he can run the country based on his experience making fantasy movies. He knows the libtard nation well….they will vote for anyone that spews talking points that is aligned with their collective stupidity.

David in ATL on August 14, 2011 at 10:47 PM

Just when you think this nation cannot get more surreal… along comes Damon.

Thanks for the chuckles, Chuckles.

hillbillyjim on August 14, 2011 at 10:50 PM

The WFP is virtually entirely the creature of the state employee unions. For example to conserve jobs for guards, they oppose paroling prisoners . This is a little different than pure left-wingism.

levi from queens on August 14, 2011 at 11:00 PM

I remember the Democratic primary debates of 2008. Hillary!, Obama, and Edwards were all muttering the same leftist PC phrases, with only the gentlest of nuances between them. It was like seeing two Trotskys and a Lenin in a skirt.

I can’t imagine that a Damon/Obama debate would be any different.

Aardvark on August 14, 2011 at 11:21 PM

the left’s Ross Perot. why not.

maineconservative on August 14, 2011 at 11:22 PM

If he auditioned for the role of president in a movie, he would be laughed out of the room. Unless it was a sequel to Idiocracy.

BDavis on August 14, 2011 at 11:43 PM

Sooo…the left wants to replace a community organizer with little knowledge and no executive experience with an actor who has no executive experience and even less knowledge!

What could go wrong???

[Bring it, jackasses!!]

landlines on August 14, 2011 at 11:58 PM

Oh great just what we need, a little for commie president!

MCGIRV on August 15, 2011 at 12:16 AM

Wonder if the Film Actors Guild would support him

firepilot on August 14, 2011 at 7:54 PM

I see what you did there.

WaltzingMtilda

You can credit Trey Parker and Matt Stone for that one, its from Team America

firepilot on August 15, 2011 at 2:32 AM

Seriously? When did Matt Damon go insane and become obnoxious enough to scream it to the world?

The guy is clearly mentally ill. His latest public babbling makes me wonder if something happened to him that has left him unstable. He seems angry and incoherent, in an almost paranoid sort of way.

Ill never look at Damon the same way and he will never see a dime from me or my family for his movies or other ventures.

I used to think Affleck was the nut, boy was i wrong.

alecj on August 15, 2011 at 3:08 AM

Seriously, would someone please just start the damn revolution already. This is getting ridiculous

Viper1 on August 15, 2011 at 6:17 AM

Viper1 on August 15, 2011 at 6:17 AM

I think the best and most effective revolution started in 2010. We just have to keep up the energy level and maintain our focus through 2012. I am not yet convinced that we have reached the point of using our last, most terrible option.

SKYFOX on August 15, 2011 at 6:48 AM

Seriously, would someone please just start the damn revolution already. This is getting ridiculous

Viper1 on August 15, 2011 at 6:17 AM

Won’t happen until after the elections, if at all.

Perhaps the nation having to choose between a 100-mile walk through the desert (Republican candidates) and tapdancing through another minefield (Obama reelection) will FINALLY push people over the edge.

But personally…I doubt it.

Uncle Sams Nephew on August 15, 2011 at 8:04 AM

Always insulting to me that douches like this one and George C-Looney, et al make their livings playing the type of guy they profess to hate in regular life. The take-charge military man or spy.

Then they open their mouths without a script and insert their entire leg, much less their feet.

PJ Emeritus on August 15, 2011 at 8:31 AM

Good lord . . . could it be that about half of this poor sick Republic is in the final stage of syphilis? It would be better to elect the triumvirate of Larry, Curley and Mo than to even consider this confused moron.

rplat on August 15, 2011 at 8:33 AM

PJ Emeritus on August 15, 2011 at 8:31 AM

Bing.

Jaibones on August 15, 2011 at 8:52 AM

Seriously? When did Matt Damon go insane and become obnoxious enough to scream it to the world? … I used to think Affleck was the nut, boy was i wrong.

alecj on August 15, 2011 at 3:08 AM

No, no … you were absolutely right. They are like little nitwit socialist buddies from Boston, or something. Big fans of the late nitwit communist Howard Zinn, who was Damon’s neighbor when he was a kid.

So Good Will Hunting is this fantasy of communists that Assfleck and Damon made up and they give a blowjob to Zinn and the communists (which is all good with Robin Williams — don’t you just love multi-millionaire capitalist Hollywood communists?!) in the script.

So to your point — Damon has always been insane, and you just didn’t know it.

Jaibones on August 15, 2011 at 9:01 AM

No great surprise when you consider that the guy thinks that the garbage written by the Zinn idiot was da bomb. One more epic fail to add to his collection.

TQM38a on August 15, 2011 at 9:31 AM

I had heard that Damon was actually Playing-Himself in ‘Good Will Hunting,’ a rumor likely pushed by his handlers or by Matt himself.

TimBuk3 on August 15, 2011 at 9:36 AM

he has the kind of high profile soap box where he could cause headaches for the president during the 2012 cycle

Really?

Matt Damon: racist, closet Klan member, and kicks puppies and kittens. Who else would oppose The Won? other than an evil Rethuglican?

I R A Darth Aggie on August 15, 2011 at 9:37 AM

Sweet.

This gives us an opportunity to re-inforce it’s not about race.

Thune on August 15, 2011 at 9:53 AM

The Bourne Idiocy.

search4truth on August 15, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Good lord . . . could it be that about half of this poor sick Republic is in the final stage of syphilis? It would be better to elect the triumvirate of Larry, Curley and Mo than to even consider this confused moron.

rplat on August 15, 2011 at 8:33 AM

You may be onto something.

The head of the DNC’s middle name is “Wasserman”…and the Wasserman test is used to detect syphilis…

landlines on August 15, 2011 at 10:50 AM

This is a sign of the times. A douchenozzle libtarded actor thinks he can run the country based on his experience making fantasy movies. He knows the libtard nation well….they will vote for anyone that spews talking points that is aligned with their collective stupidity.

David in ATL on August 14, 2011 at 10:47 PM
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ha ha ha just like Reagan the fantasy movie actor who was a Democrat until his wife talked him out of it in the 50′s

Dave Rywall on August 15, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Let’s see, trade an imposter for a pretender.. seems like a good swap doesn’t it?

JonR on August 15, 2011 at 11:53 AM

The Bourne Candidacy?

Scrappy on August 15, 2011 at 1:19 PM

ha ha ha just like Reagan the fantasy movie actor who was a Democrat until his wife talked him out of it in the 50′s Dave Rywall on August 15, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Have you read any of Damon’s policy monographs?

Me neither.

Akzed on August 15, 2011 at 1:25 PM

ha ha ha just like Reagan the fantasy movie actor who was a Democrat until his wife talked him out of it in the 50′s

Dave Rywall on August 15, 2011 at 11:09 AM

He didn’t just go from his call trailer to The Oval Office either.

hawkdriver on August 15, 2011 at 1:54 PM

I have zero interest in Comrade Damon for president, but as long as he wants to make trouble for The Won, I’m all for it.

RebeccaH on August 15, 2011 at 2:27 PM

A roomful of monkeys on crack would be a better choice than Damon. Or Obama for that matter.

infidel4life on August 15, 2011 at 3:06 PM

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