So what was it like being on HBO's Real Time this weekend? I've had root canals that got off to a better start. Seriously, when a host of a show begins with the premise that your media outlet (and by extension, you) are somehow responsible for a horrific shooting, you know you're in for a good time.
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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.
For a few years now, my wife and I have been attending Columbia Baptist Church in Falls Church, Va. There are a lot of things I love about the church, but it's part of the Southern Baptist Convention, and --- for a variety of reasons --- I've never identified with that particular denomination, preferring to call myself simply an "evangelical."
The other day, I asked a French friend for his take on Charles de Gaulle: "He is, how should I say, like your Reagan -- the last great statesman," my friend replied. If it's been a quarter century since our last great leader, imagine what it must feel like for the French.
PARIS – Although few in America probably are aware of it, taking place right now is a huge gathering of the Iranian diaspora calling for regime change by the Iranian people.
There's an interesting piece up over at The Washington Post on "How Jeb Bush’s campaign ran off course before it even began." Meanwhile, Chris Bedford argues that Team Bush is in "a lot more trouble than they're letting on."
By now, you've heard the Jeb Bush campaign "shakeup" news that Danny Diaz will be Bush's campaign manager. Writers have every incentive to suggest these staff moves are indicative of a campaign coming apart at the seams, while campaigns seem to impulsively downplay the importance of such a move.
In a world where it feels like change is coming at light speed, the Caitlyn Jenner story poses yet another conundrum for conservatives: Whether to embrace this high-profile Republican, or to take, as the Washington Post describes, an apocalyptic view of this development. (A third option is to just shut up and mind our own business.)
NBC News' senior political editor Mark Murray made an interesting point Thursday on Twitter: "[Rick] Perry's speech," he wrote, "epitomizes GOP's rhetorical shift from economy/debt (No.1 issue in 2012) to national security/foreign policy."
Someone once said that second marriages are a triumph of hope over experience. As Rick Perry prepares to announce his candidacy, he can be grateful this doesn't seem to apply to second presidential campaigns.
During an interview with Fox News' Neil Cavuto Tuesday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker seemed to suggest that, should he be elected president, his birthday would be the dividing line for raising the social security retirement age.
There are a lot of takeaways from this new CNN/ORC poll (such as Rand's gender gap and Jeb's struggles), but I think we're probably underplaying something: We are now beginning to see empirical confirmation that a Republican could actually defeat Hillary Clinton for president in a head-to-head matchup. (Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and Scott Walker are all essentially within the margin of error.)
Having sparred with Evander Holyfield, could Mitt Romney be the next GOP attack dog? It's possible. In his new book, "The Queen," Hugh Hewitt apparently argues Mitt Romney should be a top VP pick.
Everyone knows Sen. Rand Paul forced the temporary expiration of some key Patriot Act provisions last night. But as the New York Times reports, "he was helped by the miscalculation of Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, who sent the Senate on a weeklong vacation after blocking the House bill before Memorial Day."
A girl I went to high school with spent a semester in Australia. She must have blossomed there, for when she returned home, she magically had an Australian accent. Predictably, we would have none of it. Kids might be cruel, but they also have great bullshit detectors. Nobody likes a phony. The accent receded; the mockery endured.
I'm excited to announce that my forthcoming book, Too Dumb to Fail: How the GOP Won Elections by Sacrificing Its Ideas (And How It Can Reclaim Its Conservative Roots), is available for pre-order.
As Republican primary voters contemplate which candidate would make the best nominee, they will weigh each candidate's qualifications, strengths, and weaknesses. But aside from the normal vetting, which would be the same regardless of whom a nominee would face, they would do well to consider two additional questions: 1). What will Hillary Clinton's playbook entail, and 2). What are Hillary Clinton's greatest vulnerabilities?
A settlement has been reached in the legal battle between Ken Cuccinelli for Governor and the Conservative StrikeForce PAC --- and it looks like Cuccinelli just hit the lottery.
By now, you've heard about the Josh Duggar molestation scandal. I'm not going to rehash it. Nor am I going to get on a soapbox about the hypocrisy of people preaching values having a plank in their own eye --- or the increasingly creepy connotation attached to a reality show titled, "19 Kids And Counting." And lastly, I'm not going to criticize the numerous Republican politicians who posed for photos with Duggar (if you're famous and someone wants a picture, you usually grant it).
A recurring theme on this blog has been that big government creates problems that often necessitate even bigger government to solve.
Growing concerns about the Patriot Act's renewal are creating strange bedfellows. The Tea Party Patriots and the ACLU are running TV ads urging Americans to "tell Congress [to] protect our privacy." On top of that, the executive director of Iowa's ACLU and Tea Party Patriots' boss Jenny Beth Martin have coauthored an op-ed in the Des Moines Register on "the need for significant reforms to curtail government surveillance authorities, like some of those included in the Patriot Act."