In a world where it feels like change is coming at light speed, the Caitlyn Jenner story poses yet another conundrum for conservatives: Whether to embrace this high-profile Republican, or to take, as the Washington Post describes, an apocalyptic view of this development. (A third option is to just shut up and mind our own business.)
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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 @mattklewis.
NBC News' senior political editor Mark Murray made an interesting point Thursday on Twitter: "[Rick] Perry's speech," he wrote, "epitomizes GOP's rhetorical shift from economy/debt (No.1 issue in 2012) to national security/foreign policy."
Someone once said that second marriages are a triumph of hope over experience. As Rick Perry prepares to announce his candidacy, he can be grateful this doesn't seem to apply to second presidential campaigns.
During an interview with Fox News' Neil Cavuto Tuesday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker seemed to suggest that, should he be elected president, his birthday would be the dividing line for raising the social security retirement age.
There are a lot of takeaways from this new CNN/ORC poll (such as Rand's gender gap and Jeb's struggles), but I think we're probably underplaying something: We are now beginning to see empirical confirmation that a Republican could actually defeat Hillary Clinton for president in a head-to-head matchup. (Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and Scott Walker are all essentially within the margin of error.)
Having sparred with Evander Holyfield, could Mitt Romney be the next GOP attack dog? It's possible. In his new book, "The Queen," Hugh Hewitt apparently argues Mitt Romney should be a top VP pick.
Everyone knows Sen. Rand Paul forced the temporary expiration of some key Patriot Act provisions last night. But as the New York Times reports, "he was helped by the miscalculation of Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, who sent the Senate on a weeklong vacation after blocking the House bill before Memorial Day."
A girl I went to high school with spent a semester in Australia. She must have blossomed there, for when she returned home, she magically had an Australian accent. Predictably, we would have none of it. Kids might be cruel, but they also have great bullshit detectors. Nobody likes a phony. The accent receded; the mockery endured.
I'm excited to announce that my forthcoming book, Too Dumb to Fail: How the GOP Won Elections by Sacrificing Its Ideas (And How It Can Reclaim Its Conservative Roots), is available for pre-order.
As Republican primary voters contemplate which candidate would make the best nominee, they will weigh each candidate's qualifications, strengths, and weaknesses. But aside from the normal vetting, which would be the same regardless of whom a nominee would face, they would do well to consider two additional questions: 1). What will Hillary Clinton's playbook entail, and 2). What are Hillary Clinton's greatest vulnerabilities?
A settlement has been reached in the legal battle between Ken Cuccinelli for Governor and the Conservative StrikeForce PAC --- and it looks like Cuccinelli just hit the lottery.
By now, you've heard about the Josh Duggar molestation scandal. I'm not going to rehash it. Nor am I going to get on a soapbox about the hypocrisy of people preaching values having a plank in their own eye --- or the increasingly creepy connotation attached to a reality show titled, "19 Kids And Counting." And lastly, I'm not going to criticize the numerous Republican politicians who posed for photos with Duggar (if you're famous and someone wants a picture, you usually grant it).
A recurring theme on this blog has been that big government creates problems that often necessitate even bigger government to solve.
Growing concerns about the Patriot Act's renewal are creating strange bedfellows. The Tea Party Patriots and the ACLU are running TV ads urging Americans to "tell Congress [to] protect our privacy." On top of that, the executive director of Iowa's ACLU and Tea Party Patriots' boss Jenny Beth Martin have coauthored an op-ed in the Des Moines Register on "the need for significant reforms to curtail government surveillance authorities, like some of those included in the Patriot Act."
Asked by Fox News' Bret Baier about his "flip-flop" on immigration reform, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker responded by unilaterally redefining the term: "A flip would be someone who voted on something --- and did something different," he averred.
A candidate for Lt. governor in Louisiana has released a new ad featuring "all original footage shot with the Inspire UAV drone."
I've been critical of Jeb Bush's inability to answer the question of whether -- knowing what we know now -- he would have invaded Iraq (it took him five times to get it right).
In many ways, running for president as governor of a state is easier than running from Washington. Senators are forced to take votes on all sorts of random hot-button issues, while governors are back in the states, making the trains run on time, and gaining executive experience.
This whole Jeb Bush/Iraq thing is remarkable. First, you've got the fact that this debacle has come from interviews with ostensibly friendly interlocutors -- Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity. That's an interesting aspect, to be sure. But what is even more remarkable to me, at least, is that you now have mainstream Republican candidates like Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Ted Cruz (who worked for Dubya) -- not to mention Sen. Rand Paul and Dr. Ben Carson -- publicly criticizing the invasion.
Jonathan Martin is out with a good piece today, which raises an important question: Who will be allowed in the GOP primary debates?