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      Matt K. Lewis

      Matt K. Lewis is a senior contributor to The Daily Caller, and a contributing editor for The Week. He is a respected commentator on politics and cultural issues, and has been cited by major publications such as The Washington Post and The New York Times. Matt is from Myersville, MD and currently resides in Alexandria, VA. Follow Matt K. Lewis on Twitter <a>@mattklewis</a>.

Yes, The Government Shutdown Hurt Republicans

10:25 AM 11/18/2014

A narrative is emerging amongst some on right. It goes like this: "Opponents of the 'Defund Obamacare' effort said it would do lasting damage, but we just won the Senate -- so stuff it!" (The reason this is once again relevant is that there Republican legislators have little recourse should President Obama unilaterally act on immigration. The "power of the purse" is one of their few tools.)

The Other Gruber Gaffe Matters More

10:43 AM 11/12/2014

As you probably know, ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber has come under fire for his admission that the health care law "was written in a tortured way to make sure the CBO did not score the mandate as taxes," and for his confession that “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically -- call it the stupidity of the America voter, or whatever" that got the bill passed.

Has The GOP Re-Established Itself?

11:03 AM 11/07/2014

Rather than gloating over Republican midterm victories, or (the other extreme alternative) resuming the self-flagellation as if it were 2012 again, conservative opinion leaders have risen to the occasion, producing some terrific columns outlining the way forward.

How To Pre-Write An Election Night Column: 10 Possible Narratives For Tonight

10:47 AM 11/04/2014

I'm going to let you in on a secret. Writing political columns is largely about developing a narrative. Now, this can be unseemly and misleading -- when certain facts are ignored in order to preserve or advance a bogus narrative. But when done correctly, narratives are simply the stories we tell to explain things. We are storytellers, which (despite today's trend toward the wonky) has served us well for centuries.

What About Their Gaffes? Three Statements Giving Democrats Heartburn Today

8:48 AM 11/04/2014

There are multiple tea leaves one can read to ascertain who's winning or losing a race. Polling is the most obvious, of course. But one of the best indicators is to see who's under attack --- not just by their opponent, but by the media --- for committing gaffes. (Notice I didn't say who is committing the most gaffes, inasmuch as this is subjective. If a gaffe falls in the woods and nobody notices it, or nobody cares, is it a gaffe?)