Matt K. Lewis
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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 @mattklewis.

Pence Lacks All Conviction, While Bobby Knight Is Full Of Passionate Intensity

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's endorsement of Ted Cruz today was...interesting?

Supporters of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump listen to him while he speaks during a campaign rally at Crosby High School, in Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S., April 23, 2016.  REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

‘Vichy Republicans’ Can Do Lasting Damage

9:28 AM 04/29/2016

Just as the "Vichy Republican" politicians are beginning to fall in line behind Donald Trump, a new wave of intellectuals---desperately seeking to retain their relevance in a brave new world---have subtly started to provide the air cover.

Carly Fiorina, Fox News Interview (screenshot: YouTube)

Cruz-Fiorina ’16: Yeah, I Called It

3:51 PM 04/27/2016

More than a month ago on this blog, I wrote that Ted Cruz "should still consider selecting a running mate now."

Supporters of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pass signs before the start of a rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, U.S. April 25, 2016.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Donald Trump Is Already Ripping The Conservative Movement Apart

9:41 AM 04/27/2016

Donald Trump's candidacy is already tearing the conservative movement apart. The Guardian recently reported that Friends of Abe, a secretive group of Hollywood conservatives, would disband---and speculation is that "infighting over Donald Trump’s candidacy" was a contributing factor. Meanwhile, Eagle Forum, the pro-family group founded by Phyllis Schlafly in 1972 is being ripped apart, with Schlafly (and, presumably, her successor Ed Martin) backing Trump, while other prominent and longtime board members are backing Ted Cruz.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich speaks at a media event during the Republican National Committee Spring Meeting at the Diplomat Resort in Hollywood, Florida, April 20, 2016. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

Kasich And Cruz: Too Disorganized To Collude

1:23 PM 04/25/2016

Way back in February, I urged non-Trump Republicans to collude to defeat Donald Trump. They didn't. My advice was ignored---and Marco Rubio 's subsequent suggestion that he and Kasich team up to deprive Trump of some delegates was unceremoniously rejected.

No, Trump Won’t Be Your ‘Anti-PC’ Culture Warrior

9:50 AM 04/22/2016

Ted Cruz 's new ad hitting Donald Trump over a transgender bathroom law will likely be derided by the chattering classes, but Cruz has a point. Regardless of how one feels about the substance of the issue, Trump's comments serve as yet another example of how his "New York Values" make him an unlikely hero of a silent majority yearning for a savior to rise from these streets.

Donald Trump on The White House

RNC Figures Out How To Counter Complaints Of A ‘Rigged’ Delegate Process?

2:09 PM 04/21/2016

Has the RNC finally figured out how to counter Donald Trump's allegations that the delegate system is rigged? After weeks of struggling to counter the narrative, they might have finally turned a corner.

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks at the 2016 New York State Republican Gala in New York City, April 14, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Ted Cruz Blows Wisconsin Momentum In Big Apple Blowout

8:43 AM 04/20/2016

Jamie Weinstein makes the valid point that Donald Trump's New York victory wasn't a surprise. We all saw it was coming, and---in regards to predicting whether Trump can collect the 1,237 delegates he needs---the results were baked into the cake. States like Indiana and California are much more important, inasmuch as they are the known unknowns.

Justin Moore endorses Donald Trump

Is Trump A Unique Threat To The GOP, Or Just The New Theodore Roosevelt?

8:35 AM 04/18/2016

There are two schools of thought about the potential impact of a Donald Trump nomination. One school says that he could effectively end the GOP as we know it—that parties do go away and that coalitions are never permanent.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during the Suffolk County Republican Committee fundraising reception in Patchogue, New York April 14, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Letting ‘Trump Be Trump’ Means Fun Rallies, Not Boring State Conventions

9:42 AM 04/15/2016

Over at the Washington Examiner, Byron York has penned an interesting piece on "Where Trump Went Wrong." There have been many mistakes along the way, but one very costly mistake strikes me as somewhat predictable. As York writes, after gaining early momentum, "The view from TrumpWorld was that there would be no second ballot, so all of that county convention stuff was unnecessary."

Crumpled $100 bill. (Flickr photo by

Let’s Save Hamilton And Put Sybil Ludington On The $20 Bill

10:27 AM 04/14/2016

It's looking increasingly like the amazing success of the musical "Hamilton" might have saved Alexander Hamilton from being taken off the $10 bill in 2020. This is both a miraculous (what are the odds there would be a hit play about Hamilton at just this moment?) and salutary turn of events.

Ivanka Trump, daughter of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event at Grumman Studios in Bethpage, New York April 6, 2016 REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Ivanka Trump Is Right: Being A Parent Makes You Less Self-Centered

6:21 PM 04/13/2016

NEW YORK---Count me among the observers who had his socks knocked off by Ivanka Trump Tuesday night. She's utterly likable and charming---and seemingly authentic. The more The Donald can have his impressive daughter on the stump, the better off he'll be.

A man holds a cutout of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump following a campaign event at an airplane hanger in Rochester, New York April 10, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Trump Shrugged: The Donald Is An Ayn Rand Fan

8:57 AM 04/12/2016

File this under things that I didn't know --- but are still utterly unsurprising.

Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump attend a news conference in New York, in this file photo taken May 1, 2014.  Eric, 32, and Ivanka, 34, Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump's second and third children, have campaigned extensively with their father, but both missed the deadline for registering as Republicans to vote in the New York primary on April 19.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Files

Trump’s Campaign Reveals A Patronizing Worldview

8:24 AM 04/12/2016

Three stories about Donald Trump have swirled these last few days. The first (and primary) narrative has to do with him whining about being outmaneuvered by Ted Cruz in the delegate race. This is the overarching story that will likely be with us for weeks or even months.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks at a town hall campaign event at Mekeel Christian Academy in Scotia, New York, April 7, 2016.  REUTERS/Mike Segar

Ted Cruz’s Latino Answer Uses Exact Language From 2012 Interview

9:04 AM 04/08/2016

One of the things that has always comforted me about Ted Cruz , even when he was shutting down the government, was the notion that he was playing a game. (You know I love the players. And you love the game.) On one hand, this suggests Cruz is cunning and calculating. On the other hand, this means he's not crazy. And maybe we need someone who is crafty to defeat Hillary Clinton.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz arrives at his Wisconsin primary night rally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States, April 5, 2016.     REUTERS/Jim Young

Political Pundits Correctly Predict Wisconsin (As Usual)

9:22 AM 04/06/2016

Trump lost Wisconsin, and we all called it. It was like a storm that the meteorologists saw developing weeks in advance. Sometimes the experts get it right. Actually, most of the time they do. We don't notice when they do; we only complain when someone gets our order wrong, when we get a salad instead of fries. We rarely notice that the kitchen almost always gets our order correct, because that's what they're supposed to do.

Trump: I Attacked Megyn Kelly For 'No Reason' (Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson)

Go ‘Bowling Alone’? Then You Probably Prefer Trump

11:25 AM 04/04/2016

Donald Trump came in third in Minnesota's Republican caucus, didn't do well at North Dakota's convention this Saturday, and is expected to lose handily in Wisconsin tomorrow night. The question is...why?

Despite Criticism, Donald Trump Says Rush Limbaugh Has Been 'Terrific To Me' [images via MSNBC and Getty]

If Only Rush Limbaugh Had The Moral Clarity Of Charlie Sykes

12:32 PM 03/31/2016

Donald Trump appears poised to lose the Wisconsin primary next week, and at least one of the reasons cited by observers is the state's talk decidedly anti-Trump radio hosts.

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a Town Hall in Janesville, Wisconsin March 29, 2016. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Trump’s Abortion Comments Upset Years Of Work In The Pro-Life Community

4:20 PM 03/30/2016

Donald Trump's comments today that there has to be "some form of punishment" for a woman having an abortion upsets years of Pro-Life orthodoxy meant to maintain the delicate tension between a politically palatable policy and one capable of defending the most unborn lives.