Every once in awhile a Hollywood heavyweight gets it.
I am talking about A-lister Matthew McConaughey, who over the weekend sounded 100% the voice of reason on what most certainly was envisioned as a hopeful comedy podcast with fellow Hollywood big-shot Russell Brand.
McConaughey, who rose to Hollywood stardom playing David Wooderson, the town stoner in "Dazed and Confused," was as savvy as your grandfather between whittles.
The same McConaughey, who named his production company "Alright, Alright, Alright!" after a line in the 1993 classic, crafted what sounded to me like a sensible reaction to all of the hysteria that is the 2020 election.
"There are a lot [of people] on that illiberal left that absolutely condescend, patronize and are arrogant towards the other 50 percent," he said on Brand's podcast, "Under the Skin."
He could not be more correct. He went on to note the hypocrisy, especially from Hollywood, since Tinseltown was apoplectic four years ago when Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton in a massive upset, which left almost half the country unwilling to accept the outcome.
All of the hand-wringing about the certification of the election and the white-knuckled faux outrage "precedent" conveniently ignores that this precedent was started 20 years ago with hanging chads and internet inventor Al Gore.
The dichotomy of our current impossible place of political posturing was not lost on the Oscar winner.
McConaughey said "you've got the Right that's in denial" about Joe Biden's win, and he's spot on with that, too.
It's time to move along, folks. Sure, investigate irregularities, but c'mon, this puppy is over. Let's work on finding ways to work together.
And McConaughey's down-the-middle comments — he calls himself an "aggressive centrist" — that noted the flaws of each side, in some small way offers the first step toward potential connections.
Admitting there are mistakes on each side — we're all human, friends — and flaws in others' arguments allows for the possible next step of seeing the positives on each side too.
So, in that perspective, McConaughey's comments were so refreshingly balanced, they gave me pause. And in a year when hope is in such short supply, they offered some of that too.
They also pointed to the flawed and dangerous tactic of the "What about " politics and accusations, but that's a conversation for another time.
Now, amid this political windstorm of anger and attacks, maybe we should be searching for younger and different voices to help shape the conversation.
Because that would be even better than "Alright, alright, alright," if you asked me.
Contact Jay Greeson at firstname.lastname@example.org.