It is an occupational hazard that we tend to obsess about problems and disasters. What is more, at this moment in time, "the paranoid style in American politics" seems most acutely observed on the Right (this is no doubt due to the fact that Democrats hold the presidency; during the Bush years, the loudest conspiracy theories seemed to come from the Left).
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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>.
Ronald Reagan has sometimes been referred to "The Great Delegator." He had some big priorities he wanted to stay on top of (such as defeating the Soviets), but generally, he surrounded himself with capable and competent people who were empowered to implement his goals and visions. Everyone working for him, after all, knew what he believed.
"Unbroken" hero Louis Zamperini and Angelia Jolie became close friends when she produced and directed an inspirational film about the famed Olympian who survived 47 harrowing days adrift on the ocean, only to wind up in a Japanese POW camp.
Imagine there's a presidential announcement. It's easy if you try. That's what my latest piece at The Week is about --- how Ted Cruz is branding the word "imagine" --- and encouraging conservatives to believe that he can magically fix all our problems.
A New York Times op-ed titled "In College and Hiding From Scary Ideas" has sparked a lot of discussion. Most of the chatter is about political correctness run amok; college is supposed to be a time of learning and challenging one's own ideas, yet too many campuses become a "safe space" where opposing viewpoints and free speech are deemed disruptive and even hostile.
In the wake of the Liz Mair affair, it has become popular to suggest that politicians shouldn't care one iota what positions their staffers hold.
By now, you've heard about Scott Walker's decision to fire social media consultant Liz Mair for controversial tweets and statements (technically, she resigned). With the exception of the Breitbart empire, most national conservatives I know are defending her today.
Andrew Sullivan's now defunct blog The Dish used to award something called The Yglesias Award. It was "for writers, politicians, columnists or pundits who actually criticize their own side, make enemies among political allies, and generally risk something for the sake of saying what they believe."
A committee that financed a negative ad aimed at Missouri state auditor and gubernatorial candidate Tom Schweich -- just before he committed suicide -- is a "front group" operated by top Ted Cruz strategist Jeff Roe, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
Paul Begala who, along with partner James Carville, served as chief strategist to Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign, did not want Al Gore on the ticket. "I was not for Gore," Begala told Bill Kristol recently. "I don't think he knows that, so hopefully he won't watch this tape."
My wife has accepted a role consulting for RickPAC -- the leadership PAC affiliated with former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Additionally, as I have previously disclosed, she formerly consulted for Ted Cruz's 2012 senate campaign.
National Review's Charles C.W. Cooke was on my podcast the other day to discuss his new book "The Conservatarian Manifesto." According to Cooke, the "conservatarian" label includes people who were "disappointed by the Bush administration," but also skeptical of libertarianism on (among other issues) foreign policy.
There's a "dog-ate-my-homework quality to this Clinton episode, with Hillary saying: Sorry, I deleted the remaining 30,000 or so e-mails, so I just can’t show them to you," writes Larry Kudlow. He has a point. But that wasn't the only thing from yesterday's press conference that felt childish.
After Hillary Clinton's disastrous press conference yesterday, a thought hit me that hadn't hit me in nearly a decade: The next president could actually be a Republican.
"He reeks of yesterday. If I think of an old calendar, I think of George Bush."
I couldn't attend CPAC this year, but one of the most talked about events coming out of this year's conference was a panel titled: "Putin's Russia: A New Cold War?" (Anti-interventionism, it seems, didn't fare well at CPAC this year.)
"[I]f you're pro-life, you can't be pro-life just when they're in the womb --- you have to be pro-life when they get out of the womb, too," said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during a 2014 phone call with The Daily Caller.
PALM BEACH, Fl. -- Sen. Marco Rubio delivered the final speech of The Club for Growth Winter Conference Saturday night, and did not shy away from touching on topics ranging from the economy to national security to the importance of morals and family values.