My Sunday column in the London Telegraph will be on "Why The Left Hates American Sniper." (That's my beta title, at least.) You'll have to read it for more on why liberals are off base on this one. But my thoughts on the film exceed the 750 word column limit, and there's one aspect to this whole controversy that I didn't have room to address, and that is this: Despite the fact that patriotic and/or Christian-themed movies tend to do terrific at the box office (and, in the case of Sniper, also received six Oscar nominations), Hollywood doesn't seem to make that many of them.
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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>.
By now, you've probably heard that pusillanimous Republicans have abandoned a bill that would have banned the vast majority of abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. (That's five months, for those keeping score.) Mollie Hemingway has written the definitive explanation for why this is cowardly and stupid. But I'd like to add a few additional thoughts....
Footballs aren't the only thing deflated. News that the "NFL has found that 11 of the New England Patriots' 12 game balls were inflated significantly below the NFL's requirements" may make it harder for the casual fan to root for the Pats in good conscience.
We spend a lot of time these days playing to the base and preaching to the choir, hurling fiery banter and red meat, and then -- when we win (forgive me for the mixed metaphors) -- dancing in the End Zone.
President Obama will call on tax hikes for top earners, coupled with other measures designed to help the middle class, during his upcoming State of the Union address. Regardless of the merits of these proposals (and I suspect there are pros and cons), this is a smart political fight to pick.
In the wake of the attack on Charlie Hebdo, you might have heard Pope Francis' most recent comments: "If my good friend Dr. [Alberto] Gasparri says a curse word against my mother," the pontiff said, "he can expect a punch. It's normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others."
My latest column for The Week grapples with why the conservative base backed George W. Bush in 2000, but is giving the cold shoulder to brother Jeb today. There are multiple reasons, but RedState's Erick Erickson hits on a fascinating theory that I missed. In short, blame Dick Cheney.
Writing at the Washington Post, Dana Milbank mocks Republicans who are criticizing President Obama's absence from the Paris unity rally, noting that "A decade ago, Republicans in Congress were renaming French fries 'freedom fries' and French toast 'freedom toast' because of that country’s refusal to support the Iraq war."
Yesterday, my friend and former colleague Hugh Hewitt destroyed Catholic League president Bill Donohue, over the latter's recent statement, titled: "Muslims Are Right to Be Angry." (The term "destroyed" is frequently bandied about in order to generate clicks, but in this case, I think it's a fair description of the interview.)
For years now, I've been lamenting that we tend to conflate passion with ideological purity. For too many of us, the measuring stick for determining "how conservative" you are is based on one's level of anger --- not commitment to a conservative philosophy (as demonstrated by a voting record).
You say you want a revolution? On Tuesday, conservatives will attempt what looks like yet another quixotic effort to topple Speaker John Boehner, and a question arises: Is it nobler to try and fail, or to observe the maxim: "When you strike at a king you must kill him.”
If House Majority Whip Steve Scalise knowingly spoke at a White Supremacist rally, then he should obviously be removed from leadership. At this moment, though, I'm on the fence because we simply don't know the details.
You've probably heard former Gov. Jeb Bush is leading in a CNN/ORC poll, and you might be wondering what this all means. First, let's not get carried away. Bush has huge name recognition (for obvious dynastic reasons) which always inflates early surveys. What is more, at this point in the 2008 cycle, a lot of smart analysts thought Rudy Giuliani would be the nominee (earlier, then-Sen. George Allen had been the odds-on favorite). And lastly, Bush has take formal steps toward "actively running" -- which set him apart from the pack.
I recently discovered one of my first cousins was highlighted as part of Time Magazine's Person of the Year edition (The Ebola Fighters).
Sen. Marco Rubio's forceful criticism of President Obama's decision to begin normalizing relations with Cuba has sparked speculation about his campaign strategy. While most have argued that Rubio benefits greatly from becoming Obama's primary foe on any issue, others have suggested that this casts him as a "young fogey" still fighting the last (cold) war.
If your job doesn't require you to follow the news this Christmastime, my advice to you is this: Shut it down. TV, Twitter, Facebook, the whole shebang.
Since talking about it on Morning Joe earlier today, a few people have asked me to expound on my theory regarding what Jeb Bush would have to do to overcome the many challenges he would face on his way to the Republican nomination.
Monday morning's Washington Examiner editorial is the column I would have penned about what happened concerning Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee this weekend --- had I written about it first.
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... some lagniappe?
"Even as they publicly condemn Tea Party Republicans as hostage-taking legislative thugs, the truth is that some Democrats are quietly jealous of them," wrote Bill Scher at Politico Magazine Monday. "Think of it," he continued, "The Tea Party gang gets to intimidate party leaders, threaten legislation, block nominees, shut down the government and default on the debt if they don't get their way. They cause major trouble."