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.
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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.
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.
If you've seen the movie Fletch, you remember the scene where Chevy Chase's character takes on an assumed identity in order to pump a doctor for confidential information about another patient.
By now, you've heard the Supreme Court voted 6-3 in King v. Burwell to uphold the subsidies at the heart of ObamaCare. And you probably know that Chief Justice John Roberts is being compared to David Souter --- who was nominated by the first President Bush. (This really doesn't help Jeb, does it?)
In the wake of the horrific church shooting in Charleston, S.C., the two dynastic establishment candidates seem to have benefited most from the new political environment.
Viral videos aren't a new thing for Carly Fiorina. After all, who could forget the bizarre "Demon-Sheep" ad? But in her SuperPAC's latest effort, "Titles Are Not Accomplishments," Fiorina seems to have found a way to gain online traction --- without the gimmicks.
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.
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.