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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.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's endorsement of Ted Cruz today was...interesting?
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.
More than a month ago on this blog, I wrote that Ted Cruz "should still consider selecting a running mate now."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
File this under things that I didn't know --- but are still utterly unsurprising.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.