Matt K. Lewis
Matt K. Lewis
Senior Contributor

Radical Islamism Channels ‘The Hero’s Journey’

Vintage action figures of Star Wars characters Darth Vader (L) and Luke Skywalker stand on a table ahead of an auction of Star Wars and film related toys at the Vectis auction house in Stockton-on-Tees,  Britain November 23, 2015. REUTERS/Phil Noble

There's a good piece in today's Wall Street Journal about how homegrown terrorists are being marketed to, ironically, via Western media narratives.

A photo shot and tweeted from the floor of the House by U.S. House Rep. David Cicilline shows Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Rep. John Lewis (R) staging a sit-in on the House floor

Lagniappe: Sit-ins And Supreme Court Stalemates

4:45 PM 06/23/2016

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump jokes about how difficult he says it is for him to listen to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's voice as he holds a rally with supporters in Fresno, California, U.S. May 27, 2016.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX2EJIM

Note To Franklin Graham: Donald Trump Isn’t King David

10:09 AM 06/23/2016

Evangelical leaders met this week to politically baptize Donald Trump as the Republican nominee. Because of his many transgressions, doing so has required employing sophistry---plausible, but misleading, arguments---to justify their support.

Republican presidential candidate and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson walks away from a campaign stop in Concord, New Hampshire, August 23, 2011.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Libertarian Party Misses Chance To Attract ‘Never Trump’ Conservatives

8:47 AM 06/23/2016

Last night's CNN Libertarian town hall with former GOP governors Gary Johnson and Bill Weld provided more evidence that conservatives are homeless in 2016. I'm with Johnson on a number of issues --- including trade and immigration --- but his support of abortion is a deal-breaker. (An aside: Why didn't Rand Paul run for the LP nomination?)

FILE -- Sen. Marco Rubio walks out on stage during a primary election night party at the Radisson hotel February 9, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Lagniappe: Rubio’s Revival

4:41 PM 06/22/2016

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio pauses while addressing supporters during a campaign rally inside an aviation hangar in Sarasota, Florida, March 8, 2016. REUTERS/Steve Nesius

Once A Rising Star, Marco Rubio Launches A Comeback

1:46 PM 06/22/2016

Once the darling of the tea party who defeated establishment favorite (and then-Florida governor) Charlie Crist, Marco Rubio seemed poised to be the Republican savior. He was young, conservative, Hispanic, and eloquent. Then, things started to fall apart.

Republican U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, June 18, 2016. REUTERS/Nancy Wiechec - RTX2GZ6I

Lagniappe: Trump Goes For Broke?

2:09 PM 06/21/2016

Lagniappe: Goodbye Corey Edition

2:37 PM 06/20/2016
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You Always Fire The Manager

12:31 PM 06/20/2016

In baseball, if things aren't going well with your team and you need to send a message, what do you do? You always fire the manager. Now, it might not be his fault. It might be other people's fault. In fact, it might be that you---the team owner---are to blame. But you can't fire yourself. So you ditch the manager.

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) winks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid.

John McCain Misspoke

6:53 AM 06/17/2016

Yesterday, Sen. John McCain ignited a bit of a firestorm when he said that President Obama was "directly responsible" for the mass shooting in Orlando. It was a stupid thing to say, but give him credit for not doubling down on it for too long; within hours, McCain walked the comments back, explaining that he "misspoke."

Real estate developer Donald Trump, gestures during a news conference with the PGA in New York May 1, 2014. New Jersey's Trump National Golf Club, a course owned by Trump, will host the 2022 PGA Championship.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT GOLF BUSINESS ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY) - RTR3NFFK

Why Trump Appeals To Gay Republicans

5:00 PM 06/15/2016

In the wake of Orlando, a bunch of stories in emerged arguing that Republicans who favor gay rights like Donald Trump. Nobody is arguing that Trump will win with gays, but it certainly seems plausible that he will do better than Mitt Romney.

Muhammad Ali and his entourage try to wind up Ken Norton ahead of their third fight in New York, September 1976.

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Muhammad Ali, Donald Trump, And The Rise Of Bragging Culture

9:37 AM 06/14/2016

Jonah Goldberg is out today with a piece that he pushed on Twitter as “Muhammad Ali and the birth of bragging culture.”

People watch Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump address the Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally, which highlights POW-MIA issues, on Memorial Day weekend in Washington, U.S. May 29, 2016.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A Rapprochement?: How Trumpsters And GOPers Can Coexist After November

11:31 AM 06/10/2016

Yesterday, on my podcast, I moderated a thoughtful debate between two conservatives who differ on whether we should support Donald Trump. Kurt Schlichter, a columnist, veteran, and attorney, backed Cruz in the primary, but argues that Trump is a much better alternative to Hillary Clinton. Rob Neppell, a conservative blog pioneer and erstwhile Tea Party leader, is part of the “Never Trump” movement. Toward the end of our conversation, Neppell asked Schlicther whether we can all get along when this election is over. The general consensus was that it’ll be easy for the reluctant Trump supporters and the “Never Trumpers” to reunite. The bigger question is whether Trump’s most loyal fans can coexist with Trump’s most vehement conservative adversaries.

The Anxiously Awaited Trump Pivot

1:36 PM 06/09/2016

Waiting for the Trump pivot is like waiting for Godot.

Liberals Drive A Wedge Between Trump And Pro-Lifers

9:44 AM 06/07/2016

Yesterday, I linked to a Tyler Cowen post about the "neoreaction" movement---a group whose new hero is Donald Trump.

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally to highlight POW-MIA issues on Memorial Day weekend in Washington, U.S. May 29, 2016.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Communitarianism, Not Nationalism

1:57 PM 06/06/2016

A couple months back, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat wrote about "the online movement known as 'neoreaction,'" of which, he noted, "in its highbrow form offers a monarchist critique of egalitarianism and mass democracy, and in its popular form is mostly racist pro-Trump Twitter accounts and anti-P.C. provocateurs."

A supporter of Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts after she was surrounded and egged by demonstrators after a campaign rally in San Jose, California, U.S. June 2, 2016. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Street Fighting Man: The Danger Of Political Violence In America

7:31 AM 06/04/2016

Apart from Charles Sumner and a handful of ugly protests and labor incidents over the years, America has largely avoided political violence that has been commonplace in other parts of the world.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump tosses off his overcoat as he speaks at a campaign event in an airplane hangar in Rome, New York April 12, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

It Could’ve Been Me: Sympathy For Trump University Students

12:07 PM 06/02/2016

Thank goodness he never attended Trump University, but my dad did once drag me to a “timeshare” pitch. The mailer we received promised, “No strings attached.” We had won some sort of prize. Just sit through their spiel, we were told, and walk away with either a car or a boat. Upon leaving, we were handed an inflatable boat in a cardboard box.

A man carries a sign for Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally to highlight POW-MIA issues on Memorial Day weekend in Washington, U.S. May 29, 2016.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Donald Trump Wins The BBQ Contest

2:03 PM 06/01/2016

I was on CNN this morning, talking about a new poll that shows Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump running neck-and-neck.