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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 <a>@mattklewis</a>.

At Club For Growth, Cruz Concedes ‘Defund’ Mistakes And Walker Dodges Social Issues [VIDEO]

PALM BEACH, Fl. -- Sen. Ted Cruz addressed the Club for Growth Friday night, and predictably, he impressed many of the attendees gathered at The Breakers. But while much of what he said was recycled, he did say a couple of things that were worth noting. Asked if he had made any mistakes regarding the defund Obamacare strategy, he conceded he made a mistake by not spending enough time "explaining the specific strategy to elite opinion leaders."

The Club For Growth And CPAC Weekend Extravaganza

11:33 AM 02/27/2015

This weekend presents an interesting juxtaposition for conservatives following the nascent 2016 presidential race. In snowy Washington, DC, thousands of activists and media have descended on the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center to hear likely 2016 candidates make their pitch to CPAC.

In Defense Of Scott Walker’s ISIS Answer

9:23 AM 02/27/2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is taking some heat for an answer he gave at CPAC. "If I can take on 100,000 protesters," he said, "I can do the same across the globe." Not everyone was impressed. As Jim Geraghty noted, "taking on a bunch of protesters is not comparably difficult to taking on a Caliphate with sympathizers and terrorists around the globe, and saying so suggests Walker doesn’t quite understand the complexity of the challenge from ISIS and its allied groups."

Why Rudy And Dinesh (And Other Smart Men) Say Stupid Things

10:26 AM 02/19/2015

You know the trope: Republicans are the stupid party; Democrats are the evil party. Has a cliche ever felt truer? To prove the former, one need only look back over the last 24 hours. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said this: "I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America." There are a lot of things you could say about Obama, but suggesting he doesn't love America is beyond the pale.

All Politics Is Personal: A Comeback Story

1:28 PM 02/13/2015

Tip O'Neill famously declared that "All politics is local," but one Super PAC that played heavily in the 2014 midterms might want to adjust that maxim to this: All politics is personal.

Jon Stewart’s Mixed Legacy

2:24 PM 02/11/2015

Once it was announced that Jon Stewart would retire from the Daly Show, you just knew it would set the chattering classes atwitter. The first wave of commentary would be fawning; we would hear about his comedic genius, how he changed the media landscape forever, and about how the fact that he launched so many other comedic careers is a testament to his enduring legacy...

In Defense of ‘Softball’ Interviews

9:18 AM 02/10/2015

Responding to Vox's interview with President Obama, Politico Magazine's Jack Shafer accused the outlet of serving up softballs, noting: "I’ve seen subtler Scientology recruitment films." There is little doubt Shafer is right, and yet, isn't it interesting that -- despite the absence of contentious questioning -- President Obama still managed to say something controversial? (I'm referring to the president's agreeing that the media is guilty of hyping the threat of terrorism.)

You Betcha Narratives Stick

2:36 PM 02/09/2015

It might be hard for non-writers to believe, but I almost never have an idea which of my columns will connect and which won't. There are things that I suspect will drive the debate, but go nowhere. And then there are things that surprise me when they strike a chord. I can't predict.

Of Anti-Vaxxers and ‘Crunchy-Cons’

10:18 AM 02/03/2015

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Rand Paul (and a few others) have sparked controversy over comments regarding vaccinations these last few days. It'll be hard to complain when this is cited as evidence of a Republican "war on science" -- even though the anti-vaxxer movement is composed of strange bedfellows.

How The Super Bowl Explains Romney’s Decision Not To Run

11:07 AM 02/02/2015

Writing in the Daily Beast last week, Romney strategist Stu Stevens sought to explain why Mitt Romney opted out of a third presidential bid. "Running for president is a lot like trying to make it to the Super Bowl," Stevens said. "It’s terribly difficult to get there and once you do, half the teams lose."

Andrew Sullivan — And Surviving As A Blogger

11:21 AM 01/29/2015

Andrew Sullivan is retiring as a blogger, and though there's some suggestion his influence has waned, his farewell message raises questions about the medium and the toll it takes on writers. It's hard to bitch about being paid to blog (working a "real" job would be tougher), but being tied to a blog -- where you are perpetually expected to immediately have an opinion on every issue, and where the demand for constant content requires five or ten posts a day, every day -- can become a man-made prison.