Matt Damon: Politics Is “A Rigged Game”


“We’re at a point where politicians don’t really get any benefit from engaging with long-term issues.”[HP]

Promised Land writer and star Matt Damon is taking Washington to task – again. One of Hollywood’s most unabashed liberal and progressive activists, Damon reveals in a new interview that he believes politics is no longer about getting anything done (see the fiscal cliff negotiations for proof), but merely about perpetuating the political careers of the nation’s political class.

“It’s all about the next election cycle. Those guys in the House don’t do anything now but run for office. So unless they can find some little thing that zips them up a couple of points in the polls, they’re not interested.”

He also goes on to reiterate his disappointment in President Obama, saying that his championing of liberal causes has been less than forceful and far too cautious. Says Damon, “You know, a one-term president with some balls who actually got stuff done would have been, in the long run of the country, much better.” Still, he emphasizes that he “definitely” voted for Obama for a second time.