On Sunday afternoon Weekly Standard editor and New York Times columnist Bill Kristol -- in an email exchange with Big Hollywood -- agreed to debate Matt Damon on his Hollywood home turf after being informed the 38-year old actor ridiculed Kristol in an interview in the Miami Herald.
"He's an idiot -- he wrote that we should be grateful to George Bush because he won the Iraq war. We! Won! The! War!"
As the sponsor of the event, Big Hollywood is offering $100,000 to Damon (or to the charity or carbon credit of his choice) to publicly debate Kristol at a mutually agreed upon time, date and venue.
Does anyone think Damon will try and duck somehow?
So much for the bankrupted failed haberdasher, and lonely alcoholic failure. Or the two self taught and struggling men, one whom got his own Tiny Fey sobriquet as the original gorilla from both a member of his cabinet and the head of the armies, and the other referred to as someone who never left his home state except with another man's wife.
During the last election cycle the liberal activist Damon -- who briefly attended Harvard University -- also heaped scorn on John McCain's vice presidential pick, Sarah Palin:
"You do the actuary tables, there's a one out of three chance, if not more, that McCain doesn't survive his first term, and it'll be President Palin.... It's like a really bad Disney movie, 'The Hockey Mom.' Oh, I'm just a hockey mom from Alaska, and she's president. She's facing down Vladimir Putin and using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. It's absurd."
Damon is no stranger to left-wing politics. His Oscar-nominated screenplay, "Good Will Hunting," co-written with Ben Affleck, was inspired by anarchist Boston University historian, Howard Zinn.
According to Wikipedia:
Damon included a reference to A People's History in his film Good Will Hunting. In a confrontation with his psychologist, played by Robin Williams, Damon's character tells him: "If you want to read a real history book, read Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States. That book will knock you on your ass." Damon also read the latter half of People's History for an audiobook released February 1, 2003.
Pastorius here: I hope Epa doesn't mind me cutting in, but I found a video of Matt Damon brushing up on his debating techniques in preparation for his tussle with Kristol. I thought you'd all want to see it.