For the first time since Newt Gingrich, Republicans are poised to have an inspiring leader presiding over Congress. If all goes well later today, Paul Ryan will be the most conservative speaker in modern American history and someone who -- despite some obvious challenges -- has the potential for greatness.
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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.
A couple years ago, I wrote a fairly extensive piece on how the Left is taking over sports. Once the last remaining bastion for the patriotic gun rack crowd, liberalism and political correctness about things ranging from overt patriotism (how dare we support the troops!) to the Washington Redskins (gasp!) are running amok.
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Despite the vehement protestations of the talk radio (Mark Levin and Laura Ingraham, specifically), Ann Coulter, and the Breitbart crowd, the House Freedom Caucus backed Paul Ryan with a super majority vote (though he fell short of the official endorsement). This paved the way for him to become the next Speaker of the House.
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