Marble Halls & Silver Screens With Sarah Lee Ep. 81: The 'Biden Depress Conference, Bliss, and Political McConaissance' Edition

There’s an interesting political/entertainment development out of Texas that has nothing to do with the crisis at the border (which, if you watched Biden’s “press conference” yesterday, isn’t a crisis at all). Matthew McConaughey, he of How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days and True Detective (and many others) is seriously flirting with a run for governor.

The worry, the press assures, is that he seems to be a bit politically homeless. He hasn’t mentioned his membership in either party, doesn’t have a strong voting record, and doesn’t seem to be much of donor to politician’s campaigns.

There, of course, could be appeal in the lack of political background, and McConaughey has spoken openly about being disillusioned with the current state of politics, suggesting last year that it is a “broken business.” He also has criticized the excesses of both the left and the right, and encouraged an “aggressively centric” mindset.

But for partisans looking to suss out McConaughey’s true leanings as the 2022 election cycle gets underway, there is not much to go off. That is especially true for Democrats, who are eager to challenge GOP Gov. Greg Abbott over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and winter weather crisis but lack a deep bench beyond Beto O’Rourke.

McConaughey has voted twice in Texas since 2012 — in the 2018 and 2020 general elections, according to his latest voter history file with the secretary of state’s office. He voted early both times — in person in 2018 and by mail-in ballot in 2020. His registration in Travis County goes back to Nov. 25, 2012, and does not preclude the possibility that he was previously registered in Texas and fell off the voter rolls.

When it comes to campaign contributions, there is no record of him giving at the state or federal levels.

That all sounds more than a little encouraging. It would be nice to have someone from the entertainment world who, instead of selling politics in the service of a political party, just attacks the policies as they are and makes decisions on an ad hoc basis. It’s actually how most people approach politics.

Should be a lot of fun if it actually comes to pass and his campaign slogan ends up being, “just keep livin’.”

Wooderson 2022.

I cover that, Biden’s time at the podium, and a little weird film called “Bliss” (trailer below) on today’s show. Start your weekend right.

 

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