Halloween is just around the corner, which means we can expect to see think pieces lamenting (or defending) the proliferation of "naughty" costumes popping up. (This is the yearly warm-up for the annual "war on Christmas" columns.)
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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 <a>@mattklewis</a>.
National Journal had a good piece up yesterday about how Ebola makes conservatives more conservative. It was good because it tapped into an interesting, and likely true point -- but also, because it didn't take cheap shots.
Like many Americans, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has softened on the issue of same-sex marriage. Going back to 2005, he was a staunch supporter of traditional marriage, and as recently as 2010, he reportedly "opposed a new state law that allows gay couples to register with counties to get certain benefits, such as hospital visitation rights." But his views have shifted.
No matter where you stand on the issue of gay marriage, gay rights, etc., one would expect liberals, by definition, to be the most passionate defenders of religious liberty and free expression.
Last week, I wrote about the surprising fact that Sen. Mitch McConnell is tied among women voters with Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Keith Olbermann has been back in the news -- most recently with revelations he apologized to Bill Clinton for coverage of the Lewinsky scandal. He's also back on ESPN, where the commentator aroused controversy over a biting rant meant to put Derek Jeter's status as a Yankee in proper perspective. Love him or hate him, there's something about Olbermann that keeps earning him second chances. And the good news is, at 55, he appears to be maturing. At least, that's the sense one gets when reading his recent interview with Sports Illustrated.
Over at Politico Magazine, my friend and Bloggingheads.TV sparring partner Bill Scher has stirred up some discussion and debate with a piece titled "How Republicans Lost the Culture War." While that's a clickable headline, he mostly focuses on politics and flawed tactics (though, in fairness, he mentions Will & Grace). But politics is downstream from culture, the culture has been moving leftward for years, and that's what matters most if you want to understand this phenomenon (for the backstory on how conservatives lost the culture war, read this).
There's a classic Simpsons episode called "Homer's Enemy" where we're introduced to a new Springfield Nuclear Power Plant co-worker named Frank Grimes. He resents Homer -- not only because Homer insists on calling him "Grimey" -- but also because he can't believe someone so inept and lazy as Homer could lead such a charmed life.
Mashable Deputy Editor Chris Taylor's new book is titled How Star Wars Conquered the Universe, and it's not just a clever title. The franchise has long permeated every nook and cranny of popular culture.
Yesterday, I wrote about how the GOP is in the process of sawing off the social conservative leg of the three-legged stool. Today -- in the form of this quote from Republican strategist Alex Castellanos in Time -- I present Exhibit B:
Republicans don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.
Want proof David Axelrod is an evil genius? On Morning Joe earlier today, I asked the former top Obama strategist whether or not the president's insouciance -- the fact that his administration downplays every crisis -- might contribute to the fact that the public no longer trusts him on serious issues like Ebola.
First Things magazine hosted a seminar of religious intellectuals the other day, and the American Conservative's Rod Dreher was on hand to document the conclave. A lot of ground was covered in this generally somber discussion, but this excerpt struck me as especially noteworthy:
Writing in The New York Times, Peter Baker notes Republican criticism of the Secret Service's security lapses, suggesting that "it would not be all that surprising if Mr. Obama were a little wary of all the professed sympathy." Yesterday, my friend Jimmy Williams, a liberal commentator, likewise tweeted that "All the gop outrage over the President's safety is a bit disingenuous."
"It sounds terrible," says Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, "but if you have a family around a table, somebody eventually is gonna see every other person around that table die."
When social conservatives gather to hear conservative movement leaders, activists, and Republican hopefuls this weekend at the Omni Shoreham hotel, there will be an elephant in the room: libertarianism.
(Ted Cruz has responded below.)
"I still don't know how it happened," says former President Bill Clinton regarding the intruder who hopped the White House fence, and made it all the way inside the doors of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
He moves on far too quickly from it, but this paragraph from David Brooks' recent column about our current leadership crisis deserves some attention: