Matt K. Lewis
Matt K. Lewis
Senior Contributor

Obama Channels Reagan’s Optimism In DNC Speech

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks on the third night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S., July 25, 2016.  REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Trump Secret Of Success: Rejecting Social Conservatism?

7:55 AM 07/27/2016

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.

People march protecting the DNC email wikileaks scandal and holding signs in support of former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. (PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP/Getty Images)

Lagniappe: Frustration In Philly

4:46 PM 07/26/2016

Michelle Obama’s Newfound American Greatness Message

9:39 AM 07/26/2016

PHILADELPHIA --- The Democratic National Convention kicked off last night, and I am struck with two immediate takeaways.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Getty Images)

Dems In Disarray

10:55 AM 07/25/2016

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.

Photo credit should read J. DAVID AKE/AFP/Getty Images)

Matt Lewis & The News Podcast: Jeffrey Lord

9:58 AM 07/21/2016

“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.”

Ted Cruz (CSPAN)

Will Ted Cruz’s Speech Help Or Hurt Him?

7:11 AM 07/21/2016

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!

More elephants RNC Street Art. (Photo: Grae Stafford)

Lagniappe: RNC Edition

4:51 PM 07/19/2016

Oregon delegate Nathan Dahlin looks over the floor at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

An Apology To Cleveland

2:49 PM 07/18/2016

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.

Donald Trump (R) and Indiana Governor Mike Pence (L) take the stage during a campaign rally at Grant Park Event Center in Westfield, Indiana. (Getty Images)

Lagniappe: Revving Up For The RNC

4:39 PM 07/15/2016

U.S. President Barack Obama arrives aboard Air Force One at Naval Station Rota in Rota, Spain, July 10, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

5 Times The Government Cure Was Worse Than The Disease

10:50 AM 07/15/2016

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."

Matt Lewis Podcast: ‘Citizen Newt’

8:51 AM 07/15/2016

"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.

A copy of Adolf Hitler's book

Matt Lewis & The News Podcast: Walter Shapiro On ‘Hustling Hitler’

4:53 PM 07/13/2016

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.

Badass Bluegrass: Hillbilly Cover Of AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck' Is All We're Watching Today (YouTube)

J.D. Vance On ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ And The Disappearing Working Class

9:30 AM 07/13/2016

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.

Dallas police chief David Brown pauses during a press conference following the multiple police shootings in Dallas, July 11, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Police Violence Driven By More Than Racism

2:51 PM 07/12/2016

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.

 Photo: REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Trump’s Big Math Problem

12:38 PM 07/12/2016

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.

A U.S. (L) marine and South Korean marines participate in a U.S.-South Korea joint landing operation drill in Pohang, South Korea, in this March 31, 2014 file picture.  REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

Matt Lewis & The News Podcast: Sebastian Junger on ‘Tribe’

12:51 PM 07/11/2016

"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."

REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The Problem With Mike Pence For Veep

10:33 AM 07/11/2016

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.

Matt Lewis Show: Eric Metaxas On ‘If You Can Keep It’

11:35 AM 07/09/2016

"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."