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Matt K. Lewis
Matt K. Lewis
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When Character Was King

11:09 AM 10/13/2016

In 1998, Dr. James Dobson was stunned by the public's ability to "rationalize" Bill Clinton's behavior. In a public letter, he lamented the fact that as long as Clinton did a good job in office, many Americans felt that "it’s nobody’s business what he does with his personal life.”

Trump Stems The Bleeding At Debate

6:35 AM 10/10/2016

Overnight polls are showing that Hillary Clinton won last night's presidential debate, but I scored it differently. Plagued by scandal, Donald Trump stemmed the bleeding. Instead of Trump's campaign being effectively over, he lives to fight another day---and that, I think, constitutes something of a win.

How John Quincy Adams’ Wife Got Him Elected

1:22 PM 10/07/2016

In my own life, I've tried my best to help popularize the Angela Duckworth maxim that you should "choose easy" and "work hard." (Dr. Duckworth authored Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.)  I think this advice applies to our personal lives as much as it does to our careers. In fact, I believe the two directives are inseparable. 

Is Mike Pence The Future Of The GOP?

12:57 PM 10/06/2016

Yesterday, I tweeted that Mike Pence's performance in the vice presidential debate, coupled with his general performance as Donald Trump's running mate, effectively positions him as the leader of a future hybrid GOP that marries Trumpism and traditional conservatism. Not everyone agreed.

Pence Versus Kaine: Born To Be Mild

1:17 PM 10/04/2016

Game recognizes game, and I have to hand it to the Baltimore Sun for their lede yesterday about a “high-stakes, but seemingly interminably-long competition” coming down to “a single, nationally-televised moment between second-tier antagonists.”

Is America Prepared To Handle An Outbreak?

9:41 AM 09/30/2016

Disasters have a way of waking people up to the reality of their situation in life. In Stephen King's epic novel The Stand, a weaponized strand of the flu is accidentally released from a military base, and it decimates most of the world's population. The story follows different groups of survivors trying to make sense of their new normal.

Elon Musk Groks Mars Colonization

12:35 PM 09/29/2016

You might have heard that billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk wants to colonize Mars. While many are describing it as "ambitious," not everyone groks this idea. Some on the Left are already mocking it (see The Grist's "Spaced Out" post), at least partly because they see it as a form of escapism. (Why would we worry about saving the environment on Earth if we can just move to another planet?) And I'm sure that the same conservatives who mocked the "starry-eyed" Newt Gingrich for promising to build a moon base by the end of his second term as president will think this a utopian scheme, if not a boondoggle.

Why Opposing Trump Is A Dumb Career Move

9:25 AM 09/29/2016

Robert Draper's terrific piece in the New York Times highlights some of the backlash that occurred when—in the wake of Trump's comments about Fox News' Megyn Kelly—Erick Erickson disinvited the casino magnate from the "Red State Gathering" last summer:

Harry Reid’s Legacy Of Shameless Partisanship

10:49 AM 09/21/2016

The 2016 presidential race has sucked up all of the political oxygen for months now, but it's appropriate to take some time to excoriate retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on his way out the door.