Blog - Matt Lewis
I'm old enough to remember when Republicans were anti-Russian, pro-free trade, and bullish on America. Since 1980, at least, Republicans were the party of optimism. "I know there will always be a bright dawn ahead," Reagan assured us, even as he rode off into the sunset.
Despite being at the DNC in Philly, my mind continues to work on trying to figure out what happened to the GOP. And I think there's a point that I have implicitly been making that probably deserves to be expressly stated. And that is this: Social conservatism is being rejected by the new GOP---and America.
PHILADELPHIA --- The Democratic National Convention kicked off last night, and I am struck with two immediate takeaways.
PHILADELPHIA -- Last week, I apologized to the city of Cleveland for doubting their ability to adequately host the Republican National Convention. Today, I want to really apologize. Cleveland did great. It's an inside baseball sort of thing to say, but it was dramatically easier to navigate (in terms of security, proximity, transportation, etc.) than the City of Brotherly Love.
“The Democratic party, the American Left, are on record supporting slavery, segregation, lynching---they were the Klu Klux Klan---all of this racial consciousness stuff is still there at their core today. They judge everybody and everything by race.”
Sen. Ted Cruz's non-endorsement Wednesday night pits competing values and maxims against one another. Is he a principled statesman who refused to kneel before Zod, or a selfish and smug pol who is not a team player? Maybe both!
First, I have to apologize to Cleveland for trashing the city in my column the other week. Granted, it's only the first day of the convention, but so far, so good. The people are friendly, the internet works, and the food is good.
Politicians and bureaucrats are constantly pushing well-intentioned policy solutions, but those solutions too often make matters worse. As the ancient Roman poet Virgil stated, "Aegrescit medendo," or "The remedy is worse than the disease."
"If he picks Newt, it's a statement of Trump's security. If he picks Pence, it's a statement of his own insecurity." Trump will officially announce his vice presidential candidate for the election soon, and historian Craig Shirley thinks the clear choice for the Republican ticket should be Gingrich.
Today, Matt sat down with Walter Shapiro, columnist for Roll Call and fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, to discuss how Shapiro unearthed a story that the sands of time had hidden in history.
Hillbilly-turned-Yale Law graduate J.D. Vance came on the Matt Lewis & The News podcast today. Author of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture in Crisis, Vance's book gives an extraordinary autobiographical account of a chaotic childhood in an impoverished rust belt town, and the path he took from Middletown, Ohio, through Kentucky, and ultimately to Silicon Valley.
Stanford, California 1971. Underneath the sunny palm tree-lined streets of Stanford’s campus, 12 university students are held as prisoners in the dark basement of Jordan Hall, home to one of most fascinating psychological experiments in the past 50 years.
Donald Trump’s campaign is in peril. It’s no secret that it is low on funding and staff, but these issues are just the tip of the iceberg. The underlying problem is Trump’s refusal to run a data-driven campaign, and its effects are already being seen.
"The fact that we live in a country where we feel like we don't owe it anything means we don't value it as much."
With time dwindling before the Republican National Convention kicks off, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has emerged as a leading contender to become Donald Trump's running mate.
"Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." New York Times bestselling author Eric Metaxas recalls these timeless words of John Adams in his new book If You Can Keep It, in order "to urge today's Americans to remember the ordered liberty at the heart of the American idea."