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September 15, 2008

Matt Damon on Palin: ‘It’s like a really bad Disney movie’



Last week, Matt Damon was asked in an interview what he thought about possible President Sarah Palin (sorry to be so macabre, John McCain, but I’m just working off of Damon’s “actuary tables”). He reminds us that we should be afraid, we should be very afraid.

“It’s like a really bad Disney movie. You know?” Damon said. “The hockey mom, ‘Oh I’m just a hockey mom from Alaska,’ and she’s the PRESIDENT, and it’s like she’s facing down Vladamir Putin and using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. It’s absurd, it’s totally absurd, and I don’t understand why more people aren’t talking about how absurd it is. It’s a really terrifying possibility. The fact that we’ve gotten this far and we’re that close to this being a reality is crazy.

“I need to know if she really think that dinosaurs were here 4,000 years ago,” he added. “That’s important—I want to know that, I really do. Because she’s gonna have the nuclear codes.”

New York magazine’s Daily Intel blog has video (as do I, after the jump) of the interview. I’ve written before that lot of evangelicals are really excited about Palin, who gave new, unified life to McCain’s campaign. That’s a scary thing. As a Christian, I want one of my fellow believers in the Oval Office, though I find it difficult to believe politicians hawking their faith. But I’m also not willing to vote for someone because they are a Christian.

I was talking about this yesterday with an old roommate, and the question is: A Christian president, great, but at what cost?

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