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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>.

How To Pre-Write An Election Night Column: 10 Possible Narratives For Tonight

10:47 AM 11/04/2014

I'm going to let you in on a secret. Writing political columns is largely about developing a narrative. Now, this can be unseemly and misleading -- when certain facts are ignored in order to preserve or advance a bogus narrative. But when done correctly, narratives are simply the stories we tell to explain things. We are storytellers, which (despite today's trend toward the wonky) has served us well for centuries.

What About Their Gaffes? Three Statements Giving Democrats Heartburn Today

8:48 AM 11/04/2014

There are multiple tea leaves one can read to ascertain who's winning or losing a race. Polling is the most obvious, of course. But one of the best indicators is to see who's under attack --- not just by their opponent, but by the media --- for committing gaffes. (Notice I didn't say who is committing the most gaffes, inasmuch as this is subjective. If a gaffe falls in the woods and nobody notices it, or nobody cares, is it a gaffe?)

In Baseball and Politics, The Lessons Of History Are True Until They Aren’t

1:02 PM 10/30/2014

Last night, the San Francisco Giants defied modern history by winning game 7 on the road against the Kansas City Royals. But if you were a gambler, you might well have put your money on KC. After all, the previous nine road teams had lost game 7. In fact, the road team hadn't won a game 7 since 1979, when the Baltimore Orioles lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Why The GOP Prefers Establishment Losers To Tea Party Losers

1:34 PM 10/23/2014

I'm starting to hear rumblings that, if he wins his Colorado senate race, Rep. Cory Gardner will be the model candidate used by the Republicans as an example for how to win. In some respects, this makes sense. Having backed away from the controversial personhood amendment -- and now advocating over-the-counter birth control -- he has blunted the "war on women" attacks, and seems poised for victory in a tough state.

Was Bristol Palin Physically Abused By A Man?

2:04 PM 10/22/2014

When news trickled out about the Palins being involved in a drunken brawl, I was mildly amused. The narrative was that this band of rich hillbillies was at it again. Then I saw this disturbing quote from Bristol Palin (being questioned about the incident):

The Coming Political Disruption

12:18 PM 10/21/2014

Noting that the U.S. "is entering an era of great political disruption, a bottom-up revolution on the scale of what upended the music, television, movie, media, and retail industries," National Journal's Ron Fournier has a few questions: "How soon until we stop settling for an inferior product in Washington and at statehouses? When do we demand more and better from the Democratic and Republican parties -- or create new political organizations that usurp the old?"

The Death Of Adulthood Isn’t All Bad

12:03 PM 10/17/2014

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.)