Matt Damon running for president may seem absurd at first glance, but in reality it isn’t so far fetched. After all, Damon wouldn’t be the first actor turned president or the first actor to hold a government office. Think Reagan, Schwarzenegger and Al Franken.
There has been no word from the actor on whether he will put in a bid for the 2012 elections, but the urge for him to run has come very strongly from the outspoken Michael Moore.
Moore raised the idea in a discussion with the liberal politics blog Firedoglake stating that Matt Damon’s political stances were “courageous”. He also claimed it was Republican’s who gave him the idea, “if you want to win, the Republicans have certainly shown the way — that when you run someone who is popular, you win. Sometimes even when you run an actor, you win.”
Damon has been very outspoken and unequivocal in his political stances. He has not been afraid to vocalize his displeasure with President Obama saying he, “mishandled his mandate.” Nor has he been afraid to criticize the Iraqi war, the education system and policies, the EPA nor is he afraid to stand up for the working man. Matt Damon has been a member of the Working Families Party, a leftwing political group that according to the Guardian, “exists as a sort of pressure group in New York state on Democrats and leftists in order to pursue progressive ideals.”
Matt Damon for President is actually a decent idea. The actor has charm, good looks, a huge fan base, is well educated, and isn’t afraid to stand up for the causes he believes in. He supports numerous charity organizations including Water.org, H2O Africa Foundation, and ONE Campaign. And he isn’t afraid to make waves in the political arena when it comes to war, education, or the environment.
Although, the idea was sparked by Michael Moore, Matt Damon for President sounds like an awesome idea. Hopefully fans of the actor will hear from him on whether he will run for President in 2012 soon.