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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 @mattklewis.
As the Donald Trump boomlet turns into the Donald Trump movement, I'm closing in on the "acceptance" stage of the grieving process.
As I noted the other day, the release of those Planned Parenthood videos constitutes huge win for the pro-life cause. The reason is simple: When the topic is late-term abortion, the harvesting and selling of organs, or -- frankly, anything that unmasks the unseemly "process" of abortion -- it's good for the pro-life cause. And that's precisely what these videos force us to grapple with.
Sen. Pat Toomey's endorsement in an August 4 special election for the Pennsylvania state house is raising some eyebrows. That's because the candidate he's backing,Paul Mullen, is also the head of the Delaware County AFL-CIO -- and business manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
Erick Erickson recently stumbled across the term "cuckservative." It's a word that has been popping up on Twitter a lot lately, but this was the first time I'd seen someone of any consequence reference it. But the definition Erickson tweeted doesn't really do it justice -- as it elides the truly sleazy implications of the term. The goal is to obviously combine the words cuckolded with conservative.
The story of states' rights began with abolitionists, according to Adam Freedman's "A Less Perfect Union: The Case For States' Rights." Although the term has become tarnished by being associated with segregation, during a recent conversation, Freedman argued that abolitionists were the original guardians of state sovereignty in the antebellum era.
Imagine a world where Rush Limbaugh channels Bill Buckley -- and embraces his leadership responsibility on the right. That's the thrust of my latest column at the Daily Beast. I'm picking on Limbaugh only because he's the one guy who has the moral authority on the right to play the role of pope and excommunicate apostates and phonies the way Buckley did so many years ago.
As John McCain might say, there seem to be a lot of "crazies" in Phoenix of late. It must be the heat. But, to be fair, most of the bad actors I'm about to tell you about probably aren't from Arizona. (And it's a dry heat.) Whatever the case may be, their radicalism was on full display during Netroots nation this week, when former Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley and socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders were both shouted down.
One of the explanations for Donald Trump's surging poll numbers goes like this: The base doesn't trust Republican leaders on immigration. The manifestation of this has been support for a man who tells it like it is.
I've already written too much about Donald Trump, but the situation on the ground continues to demand more! In this case, it's a new USA Today national poll showing Trump in first place that merits additional comment.
Samuel Johnson once described second marriages as a triumph of hope over experience. And perhaps that should apply to second terms as well. Indeed, the lessons of -- not just the last few years -- but rather, the 20th century, suggest President Obama should have walked away from the Tehran accord.
A common theme of this blog is that politics is downstream from culture. By focusing on business and politics, and largely ignoring academia and entertainment, conservatives ceded the culture.
Rick Santorum's grandfather knew Adolf Hitler. And he thought he was a jerk.
In recent days, I have argued that Republicans must allow Donald Trump into the debates, and that his inclusion should be viewed as an opportunity for other candidates like Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio to take him on.
Donald Trump presents a real problem for his GOP opponents. Sure, he's tarnishing the brand. But he's smart, confident, and tough. He throws elbows. And this goes a long way. If you look and act like you know what you're doing -- if you show no sign of fear or doubt -- people tend to believe what you say. (I'm reminded of Matt Damon's line in 30 Rock: "If you walk briskly in a pilot's uniform, you can go pretty much anywhere.")
As Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders gains momentum in the Democratic primary, he confronts a sort of paradox that can best be summed up in the title of Bill Scher's latest piece for Politico Magazine: To Win, Bernie Can't Be Bernie. The problem is that Bernie got to this point by being Bernie. We wouldn't be talking about Bernie were it not for his incredible Bernie-ness. And now -- to get to the next level -- Bernie has to change???
If you're tired of the same old political bickering, a new website wants to inject some humor into our political debates. SamePageNation.com, which launches today, promises to eschew tribal identities, instead aiming to reframe the left vs. right paradigm to an outsider vs. insider one.
A central premise of my forthcoming book Too Dumb to Fail is that Republican politicians continually encounter perverse incentives. There is little downside to engaging in reckless rhetoric. Indeed, there are plenty of benefits to doing so. This creates a moral hazard. And in a flatter, less hierarchical world, nobody has the moral authority to call anyone out for this. There are no longer any adults in charge.
Behind every great man, there's an incredibly astonished woman. And if you're a Republican politician, the odds are pretty good she's not on board with everything in your agenda. Along those lines, social conservatives have a new reason to worry about Scott Walker: Tonette Walker.