If there’s a bar for competent leadership in the state of Texas it’s so low it’s in hell (and opens at 6 am). So it should not be surprising that potential gubernatorial hopeful Matthew McConaughey is proving to be a popular choice among voters who would rather see the Texas T-Rex in office than sitting Governor Greg Abbott who, while having a longer arm span, can’t keep a beat going on those bongos to save his life (not to mention he probably has a flabby un-tanned ass). A new poll conducted by The Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler found that if Texans were to vote for the 2022 election today, Matthew would have a 12-point lead over the would-be-incumbent Abbot.
While Matthew hasn’t officially stated his intention to run and the only thing we know about his politics so far is that they are aggressively anti-illiberal (have an edible and come back in an hour, maybe it will make sense then), the voters of Texas are ready to embrace Matthew, presumably and for the most part, with regular-length open arms. According to The Wrap:
Matthew McConaughey may not have officially entered the 2022 race to be the next governor of Texas but, apparently, Texans hope he will, as he holds a 12-point lead over Republican incumbent Greg Abbott, according to a poll released Sunday by The Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler.
Among the 1,126 registered Texas voters polled April 6-13, 45% would vote for McConaughey, 33% would vote for Abbott and 22% would vote for someone else. Of the Republican voters polled, 56% said they’d vote for Abbott, compared to only 30% for McConaughey. The margin of error is +/-2.9%.
So that’s good news for Matthew overall but he’s eventually going to have to pick a lane because even in Texas, you can’t just drive all the way to the Governor’s mansion in the middle of the road. Oh, who am I kidding? The state’s semi-official motto is “Just don’t get caught!”
The poll also shows, however, that McConaughey’s middle-of-the-road politics might be a hurdle if he decides to take the plunge, as he has criticized both parties. Although Democrats leaned toward the Oscar winner by 66% to 8%, only 25% of them said they would likely support a candidate who is a centrist, while 51% want a progressive.
And, on the flip side, while independents broke 44% to 28% for McConaughey, only 20% of GOP gubernatorial primary voters preferred a centrist Republican, with 18% wanting for someone more like Donald Trump and 14% wanting someone more conservative.
Here’s a scintillating look into one of the most brilliant political minds of this, or of any generation.
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The Wrap says that Matthew “gets a huge boost from tremendous name recognition and recognition for what he does to help Texans and add to the celebration of the state’s successes.” In other words, he’s got a big ‘ole Rolodex filled with celebrity names and none of them are Ted Cruz.
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Matthew better pray that the reason Beyoncé couldn’t make it is because she’s working on her own campaign. But at the very least, this video proves he can pass the minimum requirement for governing in Texas, which is being able to put your boots on the desk and point to the camera in a single take!