Matt K. Lewis | All Articles

Matt K. Lewis
Matt K. Lewis
Senior Contributor
  • Subscribe to RSS
  • Follow on Twitter
  • Bio

      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.

How A Bias For Drama Impacts Debate Coverage

8:38 AM 10/28/2015

Since everyone else has written their "10 things to watch for in tonight's debate" columns, I'm going to let you in on a little secret: the media likes a good narrative. One way to predict what will happen tonight is to envision what would make the best headline tomorrow.

Marco Rubio: An Obama Of Our Own?

8:57 AM 10/27/2015

It has been reported that Jeb Bush advisers are referring to Sen. Marco Rubio as a "GOP Obama." If this means he would be a two term president who passes landmark legislation the other side hates, and nominates two Supreme Court Justices, the GOP should be so lucky.

Why The Trump Doctrine Should Concern You

8:24 AM 10/26/2015

During an interview on CNN the other day, Donald Trump told Jake Tapper that the "Trump Doctrine" is "strength." He was specifically talking about his foreign policy worldview, but strength isn't just Trump's national security strategy, it's his entire brand --- his raison d'être. 

Why The Freedom Caucus Betrayed Talk Radio — And Backed Paul Ryan

9:56 AM 10/23/2015

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.

Time To Thank House Rebels For Speaker Paul Ryan?

8:26 AM 10/23/2015

In recent years, there have been lots of reasons for conservatives to fret about the state of the GOP. Heck, I'm writing a whole book about the soul searching that is taking place. Many of the activities pursued by tea party conservatives have been counterproductive, but it's worth conceding that sometimes their mischief and penchant for chaos -- their stubborn refusal to settle for mediocrity or accept conventional wisdom -- actually helps. 

Will The Freedom Caucus Back Paul Ryan? Don’t Bet On It

11:46 AM 10/21/2015

Paul Ryan has said he won't seek the speakership unless he is endorsed by all the Republican conferences, and the big question, of course, is whether the Freedom Caucus would now back him over Daniel Webster, whom they've already endorsed.

The Cultural Trends That Conspired To Give Us Donald Trump

9:48 AM 10/20/2015

One of the themes of my forthcoming book Too Dumb to Fail is that cultural and technological trends are conspiring to create the chaos we're disproportionately seeing in today's Republican Party. Many of these same forces -- the death of expertise, the phenomenon of viewing political experience as a negative, and the celebritization of politics (and its cousin, the blending of political reporting and entertainment news) -- contributed to the rise of Donald Trump.

Kevin McCarthy’s Benghazi Moment

12:54 PM 10/01/2015

In case you haven't heard, the presumed next House speaker recently raised eyebrows with comments about the Benghazi select committee. "Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right?" presumed future House speaker Kevin McCarthy told Sean Hannity. "But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she's untrustable. But no one would have known any of that had happened, had we not fought."