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McConaughey has just chosen his political party. Big mistake

Matthew McConaughey is a cut above most political celebrities.

He doesn’t spit fire and brimstone like director Rob Reiner or Alyssa Milano. Nor does it twist the truth until it breaks like a branch, as “View” hosts regularly do.

The Oscar-winning actor is calm, measured and doesn’t want to demonize the left or the right.

In a way, he’s everything we’ve come to expect from a celebrity who delves into the issues of the day. Except he just made the biggest mistake of his quasi-political life.

He chose a side. And he chose badly for several reasons.

McConaughey’s recent advocacy for gun control, launched via the current invitation from the White House, will not be easily forgotten. His policy suggestions have proven generic and unlikely to move the needle on gun violence.

Then again, why would anyone expect the “Dallas Buyers Club” star to present any bold new programs? He’s an actor, not a gun control expert. He brings a touch of the profane to the subject, which means there’s no reason for him to even be on such an important political stage.

It’s one thing for a celebrity to share a hot shot on Twitter. It’s quite another to travel to Washington, DC and demand that said take be given the seriousness of a State of the Union address.

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Figures like John Lott and Dana Loesch have been entangled in guns for years, if not decades. Agreeing or disagreeing with their opinions, they have studied the subject aggressively and offer sober insights.

What did McConaughey do to measure up?

More importantly, the star has carefully straddled the line between Democrats and Republicans in recent years. He teased his bid for Texas governor, inserting himself into various storylines along the way.

And he did it without choosing sides. It is not a coincidence.

Embracing generic gun control platitudes, from the Biden White House pulpit of all places, has changed that. And he did so at a time when Team Biden is hot on his heels, pounded by terrible polls and facing a red wave in November.

It’s not politically smart to support the wrong horse.

Not only did McConaughey choose a political side, but he also did so at the worst possible time. Today’s Democratic Party is unlike the one President Barack Obama commandeered just a few years ago.

He is angry, intransigent and beholden to his far-left base. And it seems to go against everything the actor stands for.

The modern left looks the other way when its side commits political violence, or implicitly encourages it. He gently nods as protesters descend on the homes of Supreme Court justices, assuming the legal eagles lean to the right.

McConaughey’s “new” team often demands abortion until birth, encourages Big Tech censorship and champions cancel culture.

The actor may not take these extreme measures, but his new party does. And how will Democrats embrace McConaughey’s kinder, softer approach? They will rage against his will to defend Trump voters, as he has done in the past. They’re going to pick on his inability to demonize the other side.

The Tories offer a bigger tent today, witnessing Dr. Oz’s primary win in Pennsylvania. Or, closer to Hollywood, watch how the right rallies behind left-wing comics like Ricky Gervais, Joe Rogan and Dave Chappelle.

No one fought harder for Rogan than the right, and even he admitted it.

Republicans might have made room for a middle-leaning soul who happened to be a movie star. Democrats may cheer McConaughey as he pushes for more gun control, but every time he opens his mouth, they’ll demand he shut it, and fast.

The political neophyte will learn this lesson soon enough.