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.

In Defense Of Marc Ambinder

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton. (REUTERS/Adrees)

In case you missed it, there was a mini-scandal this week when some old documents resurfaced on Gawker that seemed to show journalist Marc Ambinder (then at the The Atlantic) making unseemly concessions in order to obtain an early copy of a foreign policy speech to be delivered by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

How John Kasich Became The ‘Anti-Trump’ Who Is Providing Counterprogramming

12:40 PM 02/12/2016

Despite predicting that Ohio Governor John Kasich would come in second in New Hampshire, I've been pretty skeptical of his chances to parlay that into much else. For one thing, New Hampshire (where contrarian politicians are often rewarded by independents who can vote in primaries) is almost uniquely suited to a man like Kasich.

Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz speaks during the Republican U.S. presidential candidates debate sponsored by ABC News at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Ted Cruz Might Be The Real Winner In New Hampshire

8:21 AM 02/10/2016

NASHUA, N.H. -- Let's dispel with the notion that moments don't matter and that the media over-hyped Rubio's bad debate. Minutes after the last Republican debate ended, I went on CNN and declared that it had been a disastrous night for Marco Rubio . And I wrote the very same thing on this very blog on Monday. Tuesday's results seem to confirm this point.

Senator Ted Cruz (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Why Christie, Bush, & Rubio Want Women To Register For Selective Service

3:47 PM 02/08/2016

During Saturday night's ABC debate, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio all responded affirmatively to a question, saying that women should have to register for the selective service. The next day, Ted Cruz---perhaps sensing he had a chance to seize this issue for himself---publicly disagreed.

'That Doesn't Help One Person' -- Christie Shreds Rubio's 'Memorized, 25 Second Speeches' (screenshot: ABC)

Marco Rubio’s Bad Debate Could Impact New Hampshire

1:13 PM 02/08/2016

NASHUA -- Marco Rubio picked a bad night to have a bad debate. Coming out of Iowa (where he finished a strong third), he had all the momentum. New Hampshire was his opportunity to "own" the establishment lane, and turn this race into a de facto three-man contest (with Cruz and Trump dividing up the outsider vote). The only thing standing in his way was an ABC debate on Saturday night. And here, I think, Rubio might have missed this golden opportunity.

Trump 'It's Painful' To Hear Hillary 'Shouting' [images via Getty]

Liberal Writer: Don’t Worry, Trump’s A Liberal

9:59 AM 02/05/2016

New York Magazine's Jonathan Chait has penned an interesting piece, titled: "Why Liberals Should Support a Trump Republican Nomination."

Why Tim Scott’s Endorsement Of Marco Rubio Matters

8:12 AM 02/04/2016

Since 2008, when Chris Cillizza published his essential "endorsement hierarchy," the political cognoscenti have become even more cynical about the efficacy of endorsements. Yet, as Cillizza instructed us back then, not all endorsements are created equal. At least some of them do matter. Still. Even in 2016.

Trump Camp: He Will Debate Cruz Once A Judge Rules He Can Actually Be President (Getty Images)

After Iowa: Is Trump-mentum Over?

8:24 AM 02/02/2016

MANCHESTER, N.H.---What a difference a day makes. After enduring months of media and polls that predicted a new Trump-ian paradigm, voters---finally given the chance to weigh in---seem to have rejected the hype. That's not to say it's all over. Iowa is just one state. But it is to say that today the world feels a little more normal today. Those of us who always thought we understood Republican politics find ourselves more comfortable with the notion that organization/"ground game" still matters, and that the GOP is still a conservative (not nationalistic) party.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA - JANUARY 31: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to guests during a campaign rally at the Gerald W. Kirn Middle School on January 31, 2016 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Trump and other presidential hopefuls are in Iowa trying to gain support and crucial votes for tomorrow's caucuses. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

What To Expect In Iowa

9:05 AM 02/01/2016

DES-MOINES---It's all over but the shouting. And caucusing. Nobody knows what's going to happen, of course. Nobody thought Rick Santorum would win Iowa last time. Nobody thought Hillary Clinton would win New Hampshire in 2008. We see through a glass darkly, yet we must pretend to see clearly.

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) signs autographs at an American Legion Hall in Oskaloosa, Iowa January 26, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Did Donald Trump Just Help Marco Rubio?

7:18 AM 01/29/2016

The front page of this morning's Des Moines Register says it all:

‘Too Dumb To Fail’ Publication Day

5:31 PM 01/26/2016

Today was launch day for my new book Too Dumb to Fail. It began with some terrific segments on Morning Joe. In case you missed it, this was a fun little snippet from our conversation:

‘Too Dumb To Fail’ Drops Tomorrow

10:57 AM 01/25/2016

There's just one day left before the release of my new book Too Dumb to Fail!---and I'm heading to New York City as I type this.

Sen. Ted Cruz greets businessman Donald Trump onstage as they address a tea party rally against the Iran nuclear deal at the U.S. Capitol in Washington Sept. 9, 2015. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

Best Of Frenemies: Why Ted Cruz Is Still Better Than Donald Trump

11:19 AM 01/21/2016

For much of the last several months, Ted Cruz fed an albino alligator, hoping it would eat him last.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) as Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorses him at a rally at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa January 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich

Yo! Sarah Palin Raps

10:24 AM 01/20/2016

When I edited a book of Sarah Palin quotes back in 2011, I was impressed by a her eloquence. Really. Most of her best stuff came before 2009---before she was radicalized.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks at a 2nd Amendment Coalition announcement at CrossRoads Shooting Sports in Johnston, Iowa, December 4, 2015.  REUTERS/Brian C. Frank

Ted Cruz, ‘New York Values,’ And The Myth Of Rural Superiority

10:40 AM 01/18/2016

For about a week now, we've been talking about Ted Cruz's line about "New York values"---and Donald Trumps response---which hearkened back to 9-11.

Marco Rubio calls Sean Penn's interview with El Chapo 'grotesque.' (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Memo To Candidates: You Will Be Made To Scare

8:32 AM 01/15/2016

A while back, conservative commentator Erick Erickson coined a great line (it's actually the title of his forthcoming book) that illustrates why conservatives can't duck the culture wars. He says: "You will be made to care." In the case of Republican candidates hoping to win the nomination this year, I've come up with a slightly revised version of his maxim: "You will be made to scare."

Sen. Ted Cruz greets businessman Donald Trump onstage as they address a tea party rally against the Iran nuclear deal at the U.S. Capitol in Washington Sept. 9, 2015. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

Was Donald Trump Always A Stalking Horse For Ted Cruz?

11:20 AM 01/14/2016

How did Donald Trump get this far? He's talented, to be sure, but he also had a little help from his friends.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz speaks at a Second Amendment campaign rally outside Granite State Indoor Range in Hudson, New Hampshire January 12, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Cruzified: David Brooks, Kathleen Parker, And Playing The Religion Card

9:12 AM 01/13/2016

Be careful how you joke about Sen. Ted Cruz , and the way he wears his faith on his sleeve. At least two prominent conservative-leaning columnists have been burned in the last several days.

Jeb Bush Says That Because Of Trump, Other Candidates Are In The 'Witness Protection Program' [screen shot MSNBC]

Jeb Bush Loses What Was Left Of His Legacy

1:55 PM 01/12/2016

Last October, I wrote this: