After it was reported that former Sen. Jim Webb had formed a presidential exploratory committee, I tweeted a link to a Telegraph column I had penned, pointing out the baggage Webb would have to overcome.
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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>.
Over at Politico Magazine, Bill Scher writes with sadistic glee about how President Obama is intentionally "trolling" conservatives with his immigration order.
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 U.S. Senate is expected to vote Tuesday on whether or not to take up what would be the most significant reform to the Patriot Act since 2001, and the nascent GOP presidential horse race is already looming large in this vote. That's because likely 2016 foe Ted Cruz is an original co-sponsor of the bill, while Rand Paul is publicly opposing it.
In a recent column titled "The Legacy of Fear," David Brooks observes that "Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the biggest surprise is how badly most of the post-communist nations have done since."
A boring topic got a little more interesting this week, when President Obama suggested the internet should be regulated as a utility and Ted Cruz fired back on Twitter (and later, in an op-ed) comparing net neutrality to ObamaCare.
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.
Mocking Republican videos aimed at wooing women, such as "Dating Profile" (which featured a woman talking about how she "fell in love" with Obama) and "Say Yes to Rick Scott" (a spoof of "Say Yes to the Dress") liberal commentator Bill Scher offered some solid advice back in October: Stop being cute. Take a page from Eisenhower, and simply run first-person women testimonials.
Over at the Washington Examiner, Philip Klein makes the interesting case that the GOP can only win the presidency by nominating a real conservative.
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.
Radical liberal feminism --- the kind that likes abortion on demand and taxpayer-funded birth control --- has been rejected at the polls. Or, at least, it's been a really rough week, or so. And I'm not just talking about the fact that Sen.-elect Cory Gardner effectively pushed back on the "war on women" narrative by defeating Colorado's "Mark Uterus."
Writing about Tuesday night's midterm blowouts, Nate Silver concedes "the polls were skewed toward Democrats."
A couple months ago, I pushed back on the notion that Republicans needed to craft big proactive policy proposals in order to win the midterms.
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.
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?)
As the media focuses on whether or not Republicans will take the U.S. Senate tomorrow, it is interesting to note the largely overshadowed potential for electing a diverse group of Republicans to the House of Representatives.
We have established that the midterms are not boring or pointless, but are they predictive? As we look past Tuesday, and toward 2016, this is worth considering.
It's that spooky time of year when weird stuff happens. No, I'm not talking about Halloween; I'm talking about the final days before an election when you can almost guarantee crazy events will pop up. My advice between now and Tuesday: Don't believe anything.
Last night, the San Francisco Giants defied modern history by winning game 7 on the road against the Kansas City Royals. But if you were a gambler, you might well have put your money on KC. After all, the previous nine road teams had lost game 7. In fact, the road team hadn't won a game 7 since 1979, when the Baltimore Orioles lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates.