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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 @mattklewis.

Is Ted Cruz The New Richard Nixon?

Ted Cruz Rains On Climate Change Activists' 'Hidden Camera' Parade (Getty Images)

I have a column up at RollCall today suggesting that the GOP should root for a Ted Cruz vs. Marco Rubio clash. Cruz, skilled at channeling indignation, is a better choice than Trump -- if the "populist" lane wants a candidate who can beat Hillary. Likewise, Rubio, who can communicate compassion and optimism, would stand a much better chance in the so-called "establishment" lane than Jeb Bush.

Marco Rubio: A Bartender’s Son Achieves The American Dream

8:48 AM 11/24/2015

Marco Rubio's new TV ad "Bartender" debuted this morning on Today. In the bio spot that highlights his father (an immigrant who worked late hours in order to make ends meet), Rubio repeats a line I've heard so many times: "That journey from behind that bar to behind this podium, that's the essence of the American Dream."

Why Smart People Can Make Dumb Political Leaders

10:33 AM 11/23/2015

Walker Percy once said: “A good title should be like a good metaphor; it should intrigue without being too baffling or too obvious.” Assuming this is true, Too Dumb to Fail might just be the perfect title for my forthcoming book about overcoming the problems facing conservatism.

Is Chris Christie About To Make A Comeback?

9:38 AM 11/19/2015

Early polling seems to suggest the Paris attacks didn't quite change everything in the political world (Donald Trump is still on top!). But maybe they changed something? Might this moment force voters to give a serious and experienced governor a second look?

A Media ‘Feeding Frenzy’ Of Ben Carson’s Own Making

12:40 PM 11/06/2015

I don't know whether Ben Carson has fabricated things about his past -- the alleged stabbing incident or his West Point scholarship -- but what I do know is that it's proper for the media to investigate discrepancies. As I told CNN this morning, it's fair for conservatives to complain that Barack Obama wasn't properly vetted, but that doesn't mean that we shouldn't investigate Dr. Carson's background -- especially since he has made his personal biography an important selling point for his candidacy.

Ben Carson And The ‘Weird Factor’

11:08 AM 11/05/2015

Let's be honest: Ben Carson is an interesting cat. That's not all bad. Unusual people change the world. Some of my best friends are weird. But if I were to run into him at some event, having no knowledge of his academic pedigree or accomplishments, and he started talking to me in that sort of whispering voice, I would probably smile and nod -- and then slowly back away, making no sudden movements.

Paul Ryan Prays For Drug Addict [VIDEO]

8:39 AM 10/30/2015

I've been arguing that 21st century Republicans like Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio can help change negative perceptions about the GOP and conservatism. Some of this has to do with the fact that they offer generational change -- but some of it has to do with their personal journeys -- and  their emphasis on inclusion and compassion and faith.