Hollywood Political Watch: Damon’s latest rambling fireside chat, Palin vs. Griffin and activist Affleck

Matt Damon’s crusade of vaguely miffed disenchantment with President Obama continued in an interview with the British newspaper the Independent this week. In last week’s column, we saw Damon interviewed on CNN about his views on Obama’s handling of Wall Street, education policy, and the war in Afghanistan. Though he said there’s no way he would run for office, that apparently hasn’t stopped him from continuing this series of rambling fireside chats.

“I think he’s rolled over to Wall Street completely,” Damon said of President Obama. “The economy has huge problems. We still have all these banks that are too big to fail. They’re bigger and making more money than ever. Unemployment at 10%? It’s terrible.”

It’s true that 10% unemployment is terrible as a concept, though America’s actual unemployment rate is currently 8.9%. So cheer up, Matt! Meanwhile, Damon is apparently such a hard-core free-market guy that he believes letting banks fail en masse would have had a beneficial effect on the employment rate. Or something.

Democrats have nothing to fear in 2012, however. When asked if he would vote Republican, the actor exclaimed “Good God, no!” then veered directly into a tangentially related rant about the Bush tax cuts, concluding that “I think a stronger middle class makes for a stronger country.”

Isn’t it refreshing to hear this brave actor say what so many are afraid to: A strong middle class is good, not bad. Maybe he has a future in politics after all.


Good news! Sarah Palin has gotten involved in a feud with comedian Kathy Griffin, which is something presidential candidates since Adlai Stevenson have been doing to display their statesmanship, strength and dignity. Griffin has picked on several of the Palin daughters in her standup routines, prompting Palin to call Griffin a “50-year adult bully,” as opposed to a 50-year-old child bully. And is it just me, or did Palin also invite Griffin to fight her? “Come up to Alaska and pick on me,” she said on Fox News, “But leave my kids alone.” Everyone has a lot to be proud of here. Anyway, at least this sort of makes up for the disappointment of learning that Christine O’Donnell has turned down the chance to be on “Dancing with the Stars.”

Meanwhile, actress Julianne Moore has signed on to play Sarah Palin in HBO’s film version of John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s best-selling book about the 2008 election, “Game Change,” which I’m sure Palin won’t have anything to say about.


On Twitter this week, Rage Against the Machine frontman Tom Morello proved that tweeting is the sincerest form of raging. After telling Wisconsin protestors that Gov. Scott Walker is “the Mubarak of the Midwest,” he tweeted the news that the Wisconsin state Senate successfully voted to end bargaining rights for government workers: “gov sneaks thru anti-union bill. Really? let’s make the state UNGOVERNABLE. Gen strike?Recall? Bring them all down NOW.”

Gee, I hope Morello himself doesn’t go on strike. Please, Br’er Rabbit, don’t stop making music!