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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.

The Coming Conservative Crackup?

9:17 AM 08/31/2015

Does the rise of Donald Trump signal the end of conservatism as we know it? It's premature to write the obituary, but one has to wonder if the patient isn't terminally ill.

Should We Vote For ‘Excitement’?

12:49 PM 08/27/2015

I work in an industry that covers politics the way TMZ covers celebrities and ESPN covers sports. So I probably shouldn't be surprised we've arrived at a point where excitement isn't merely the icing on the cake of a good candidate -- it's the whole damn cake.

Ann Coulter Unintentionally Makes The Case Against Donald Trump

9:20 AM 08/14/2015

It's time we accept the fact that Ann Coulter and her ilk are solely animated by, and utterly obsessed with, the issue of illegal immigration. This is not merely a facet of their larger conservative worldview, but, instead, the defining issue. You can be for single-payer healthcare -- or taxpayer-funding of Planned Parenthood -- so long as you say mean things about Mexicans. You can flip-flop on all sorts of litmus test issues, and do things that would get any other conservative voted off the island. Screaming about "amnesty" covers a multitude of sins.

Behind Donald Trump’s Dangerous Worldview

10:42 AM 08/12/2015

A recent Newsweek piece asked "Is Donald Trump a Fascist?" Another column at The Week (where I'm a contributing editor) is titled: "How Nietzsche explains the rise of Donald Trump." These are just two examples of the many "think" pieces examining the dangerous roots behind Trump's style and ideology (to the degree he has an ideology). To put it mildly, the criticism transcends concerns about populism that might have been found in William Jennings Bryan, or even Ross Perot.

On Trump, Erick Erickson Rises To The Occasion (Rush Limbaugh Does Not)

2:08 PM 08/08/2015

A while back, I urged Rush Limbaugh to use his incredible influence on the right and call out Donald Trump for his irresponsible comments. In the intervening weeks, Trump's rhetoric only intensified. Yet, even after Thursday night's GOP debate -- when it became painfully obvious that Donald Trump is a liberal -- Limbaugh continued to prop up The Donald. I don't want to be accused of misrepresenting what he said, so I'll simply provide the headline and link from his own website: "The Orders to Take Out Trump Must Have Gone to Fox, Not the Other Candidates."

John Kasich Botched The ‘God’ Question

3:15 PM 08/07/2015

It should have been a layup, but I found myself disappointed at the flippant way the Republican candidates talked about faith during Thursday night's GOP primary debate. And, arguably the worst was Ohio Gov. John Kasich -- a man who frequently talks about his faith.

Why The ‘Pro-Life’ Cause Was Winning (While ‘Traditional Marriage’ Was Losing)

11:40 AM 08/05/2015

A few weeks ago, I journeyed out to Baltimore's Camden Yards to watch the Orioles play the Nationals. The one thing that struck me more than anything was Bryce Harper's body language. At the risk of sounding like one of those old scouts in Moneyball, he, more than anyone -- and there are great hitters on both ball clubs -- stood at the plate like a man on a mission -- as if he had something against the ball.

Can Criminal Justice Reform Unite The Right?

11:33 AM 08/04/2015

"Criminal justice reform is the right thing to do from a moral perspective, a constitutional perspective, and a fiscal perspective," says Mark V. Holden, General Counsel and Senior Vice President for Koch Industries, Inc.

Paging Rush Limbaugh…

9:08 AM 07/22/2015

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.

‘Netroots Nation’ Explodes: The Radical Left Has Troubles, Too

9:03 AM 07/20/2015

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.

What If The Base Is Wrong?

9:19 AM 07/17/2015

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.