Matt K. Lewis
Matt K. Lewis
Senior Contributor

Hillary Can’t Let Them ‘Normalize’ Trump

Hillary Clinton (Getty Images)

People keep looking for a silver bullet will stop Donald Trump, and they keep shooting blanks. They think that exposing examples of flip-flopping---or of some other scandalous behavior (say, the way he treats women) will help. What they don't get is that you can't lose something you never had, or never pretended to have.

WATCH: Elderly Trump Supporter Takes Mob Of SJWs To The Cleaners (YouTube)

A Presidential Election About Nostalgia

9:46 AM 05/20/2016

My theme this week has been the similarities between Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders---and what their success says about us.

Jeff Weaver, Bernie Sanders, Screen Shot CNN, 5-18-2016

The Trump-Sanders Revolution

12:40 PM 05/19/2016

Rich Lowry has a piece up at Politico on how Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have moved the political center of gravity Leftward. It's true that Trump and Sanders are both trade protectionists and anti-interventionists, but it's hard to call these policies "liberal," inasmuch as they were once typical of the Old Right.

Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Screen Shot MSNBC and NBC, 4-26-2016

Is Civilization Better When We Suppress Our Dark Side?

3:36 PM 05/18/2016

One of the things we tell ourselves to make us feel better about the more negative aspects behind the rise of Donald Trump goes like this: At least people are now giving voice to their darker thoughts, rather than suppress them.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) re-enters after excusing himself from a news conference following a closed Republican House caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, September 29, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

John Boehner’s Coming Revenge?

10:00 AM 05/17/2016

Back when John Boehner was Speaker, he was the unpopular establishment figure fighting against a passionate Republican base that adhered strictly to conservative orthodoxy. Today, in a surprising turn of events, Boehner---who supports Donald Trump---finds himself in a more enviable position.

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during the Democratic U.S. presidential candidates' debate in Flint, Michigan, March 6, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

How Trump Could Destroy Hillary Clinton In The Debates

2:26 PM 05/16/2016

Every once in a while, someone out there says something that a fellow writer has been mulling on for months, but couldn't find a way to express. This is both frustrating (it was my idea!) and reassuring (it confirms what you've been thinking).

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Breitbart–And The Rise of Anti-Semitism On The Right

8:04 AM 05/16/2016

It has been suggested that Donald Trump's electoral success is a sign America is just a few years behind Europe (with Trump being akin to Le Pen). If that's the case, then the rise of anti-Semitism might also make sense. After all, in an era where the Right is increasingly reverting to its Paleoconservative tradition on a wide range of issues like isolationism and protectionism, isn't there a danger of other strains creeping back in?

Paul Ryan, The Last Boy Scout?

12:58 PM 05/12/2016

The big news today is the meeting between presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan . I don't have much to add to this, except to say that it looks like Ryan really wants to find a way to make this relationship work out---and the person who wants it more usually loses.

Donald Trump, Screen Shot ABC 'This Week' 5-8-2016

The Five Trump Supporters You Meet In The Green Room

11:59 AM 05/10/2016

Much ink has been spilled trying to figure out the rank and file Republican primary voters (working class Americans, white nationalists, anyone sick of political correctness, etc.) who helped propel Donald Trump to presumptive nominee status. Less time has been spent thinking about the more prominent backers---the politicians, operatives, and commentators---who have supported him along the way.

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters in Charleston, West Virginia, U.S. May 5, 2016.  REUTERS/Chris Tilley

Trump: A ‘McCarthy Moment’—Or The New Goldwater?

12:18 PM 05/09/2016

Yesterday, on CNN's Reliable Sources, I said this was "a time for choosing"---that where you stand on Trump today may define you for decades.

House Speaker Paul Ryan in Washington, April 27, 2016. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

The Deck Is Stacked Against A #NeverTrump Movement

8:57 AM 05/06/2016

I ran afoul of some of the conservative Twitter police the other day when I suggested that most Americans (even so-called conservatives) weren't interested in "esoteric" things like the Constitution.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus introduces Florida Gov. Rick Scott during a luncheon at the Republican National Committee Spring Meeting at the Diplomat Resort in Hollywood, Florida April 21, 2016. REUTERS/Joe Skipper/File Photo

Good News: Ed Morrissey Says The RNC Is Doing Something Right

10:54 AM 05/05/2016

Ed Morrissey's new book Going Red makes the case that, in order for Republicans to win national elections again, they'll have to quit running top-down campaigns, roll up their sleeves, and become part of local communities.

Former Sen. Jim Webb speaks next to his wife Hong Le Webb during a news conference in Washington Oct. 20, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Donald Trump Should Consider Jim Webb For Veep

10:12 AM 05/05/2016

I keep getting asked who Donald Trump should select, and --- because Trump is so unique --- the options are almost limitless (Joni Ernst , Marco Rubio , Scott Brown, Jan Brewer --- I could go on and on).

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump (Shutterstock).

Trump Killed Reaganism (And JFK-ism, Too)

12:10 PM 05/02/2016

Writing at the Wall Street Journal last week, Bill Galston argued that Trump killed Reaganism. This argument spoke to me, because the subtitle of my new book is How the GOP Betrayed the Reagan Revolution to Win Elections.

Pence Lacks All Conviction, While Bobby Knight Is Full Of Passionate Intensity

1:39 PM 04/29/2016

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's endorsement of Ted Cruz today was...interesting?

Supporters of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump listen to him while he speaks during a campaign rally at Crosby High School, in Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S., April 23, 2016.  REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

‘Vichy Republicans’ Can Do Lasting Damage

9:28 AM 04/29/2016

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.

Carly Fiorina, Fox News Interview (screenshot: YouTube)

Cruz-Fiorina ’16: Yeah, I Called It

3:51 PM 04/27/2016

More than a month ago on this blog, I wrote that Ted Cruz "should still consider selecting a running mate now."

Supporters of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pass signs before the start of a rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, U.S. April 25, 2016.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Donald Trump Is Already Ripping The Conservative Movement Apart

9:41 AM 04/27/2016

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.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich speaks at a media event during the Republican National Committee Spring Meeting at the Diplomat Resort in Hollywood, Florida, April 20, 2016. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

Kasich And Cruz: Too Disorganized To Collude

1:23 PM 04/25/2016

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.