Matt K. Lewis
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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 <a>@mattklewis</a>.

The Club For Growth And CPAC Weekend Extravaganza

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush waits to address the Detroit Economic Club about his

This weekend presents an interesting juxtaposition for conservatives following the nascent 2016 presidential race. In snowy Washington, DC, thousands of activists and media have descended on the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center to hear likely 2016 candidates make their pitch to CPAC.

Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md, February 26, 2015. Potential Republican presidential candidate Walker told grassroots conservatives on Thursday that his battle with labor unions as Wisconsin's governor had given him the mettle needed to take on militant groups like Islamic State. (REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

In Defense Of Scott Walker’s ISIS Answer

9:23 AM 02/27/2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is taking some heat for an answer he gave at CPAC. "If I can take on 100,000 protesters," he said, "I can do the same across the globe." Not everyone was impressed. As Jim Geraghty noted, "taking on a bunch of protesters is not comparably difficult to taking on a Caliphate with sympathizers and terrorists around the globe, and saying so suggests Walker doesn’t quite understand the complexity of the challenge from ISIS and its allied groups."

An Indonesian Christian woman reacts as she holds a candle during a Christmas mass prayer session at Gelora Bung Karno stadium in Jakarta, Dec. 13, 2014. (REUTERS/Beawiharta)

Belief In Prayer Shouldn’t Disqualify You From Political Involvement

12:10 PM 02/25/2015

A lot of my conservative friends were unhappy with my criticism of Gov. Scott Walker's inability to field a question about President Obama's faith, the other day. This, it seems, had less to do with the Walker incident specifically, and more to do with a growing sense that the media is attempting to define the parameters regarding which opinions are acceptable.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) addresses the American Action Forum in Washington January 30, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR4NN25

My Scott Walker Column (And A Response To Ed Morrissey)

9:38 AM 02/24/2015

My recent column, Scott Walker’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Answer, sparked some debate and controversy. I was, of course, referring to Gov. Walker's comments about not knowing whether or not President Obama is a Christian -- comments that came on the heels of his punting on the evolution question, as well as his dodging a question about whether or not the president loves America.

A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul, June 23, 2014. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held crisis talks with leaders of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region on Tuesday urging them to stand with Baghdad in the face of a Sunni insurgent onslaught that threatens to dismember the country. Picture taken June 23, 2014. (REUTERS/Stringer)

Three London Girls To Become ‘ISIS Brides’: But Why?

10:39 AM 02/23/2015

As you might have heard, three London girls appear to be on their way to Syria to join up with ISIS. "They're looking for excitement," Steven Pomerantz, a former chief of counterterrorism at the FBI, told CBS News. "They are looking for adventure. They are looking for social acceptance."

Former mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, attends a rally of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in Villepinte, near Paris June 18, 2011. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR2NT6R

Why Rudy And Dinesh (And Other Smart Men) Say Stupid Things

10:26 AM 02/19/2015

You know the trope: Republicans are the stupid party; Democrats are the evil party. Has a cliche ever felt truer? To prove the former, one need only look back over the last 24 hours. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said this: "I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America." There are a lot of things you could say about Obama, but suggesting he doesn't love America is beyond the pale.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush waits to address the Detroit Economic Club about his

The Jeb Bush Blitzkrieg

8:55 AM 02/18/2015

I'm having a schizophrenic reaction to the Jeb Bush blitzkrieg.

Supporters celebrate the victory of Republican Senator Joni Ernst after the results of the U.S. Senate race during the U.S. midterm elections in West Des Moines, Iowa, Nov. 4, 2014. (REUTERS/Brian C. Frank)

All Politics Is Personal: A Comeback Story

1:28 PM 02/13/2015

Tip O'Neill famously declared that "All politics is local," but one Super PAC that played heavily in the 2014 midterms might want to adjust that maxim to this: All politics is personal.

Jon Stewart hold the Emmy award for outstanding variety series for

Jon Stewart’s Mixed Legacy

2:24 PM 02/11/2015

Once it was announced that Jon Stewart would retire from the Daly Show, you just knew it would set the chattering classes atwitter. The first wave of commentary would be fawning; we would hear about his comedic genius, how he changed the media landscape forever, and about how the fact that he launched so many other comedic careers is a testament to his enduring legacy...

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) participates in a taping of the Daily Show with Jon Stewart at the Comedy Central Studios in New York, October 18, 2012. Obama campaigned in New Hampshire on Thursday before attending a taping of the Daily Show and attending the 67th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner in New York.   REUTERS/Jason Reed   (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS USA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION ENTERTAINMENT) - RTR39AVR

The President, The Press, And The Decline Of American Trust

9:33 AM 02/11/2015

Some random thoughts about the media shock waves still reverberating this morning...

U.S. President Barack Obama listens to German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington February 9, 2015.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES  - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)   - RTR4OWE1

In Defense of ‘Softball’ Interviews

9:18 AM 02/10/2015

Responding to Vox's interview with President Obama, Politico Magazine's Jack Shafer accused the outlet of serving up softballs, noting: "I’ve seen subtler Scientology recruitment films." There is little doubt Shafer is right, and yet, isn't it interesting that -- despite the absence of contentious questioning -- President Obama still managed to say something controversial? (I'm referring to the president's agreeing that the media is guilty of hyping the threat of terrorism.)

You Betcha Narratives Stick

2:36 PM 02/09/2015

It might be hard for non-writers to believe, but I almost never have an idea which of my columns will connect and which won't. There are things that I suspect will drive the debate, but go nowhere. And then there are things that surprise me when they strike a chord. I can't predict.

(L-R) Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks with Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) as Senator John McCain (R-AZ) stands with his wife Cindy before they are introduced at a campaign stop to stump for votes on behalf of Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney in Manchester, New Hampshire November 4, 2012. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS USA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION) - RTR39ZZB

How Dumb Luck And Bad Timing Could Skew The 2016 ‘Veepstakes’

2:12 PM 02/09/2015

Politics is a microcosm of life. We pretend we can control events, but events so often shape us.

Jan 29, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) at press conference at Arizona Grand in advance of Super Bowl XLIX. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports - RTR4NIER

Beast Mode — And Bad Role Models

10:11 AM 02/05/2015

A couple days ago, Arizona Cardinals linebacker Larry Foote voiced criticism over Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch's example.

A volunteer receives a trial Ebola vaccine at the Centre for Clinical Vaccinology and Tropical Medicine in Oxford, southern England January 16, 2015. Johnson & Johnson said that newly formed groups supporting work on its experimental Ebola vaccine would receive 100 million euros ($115 million) from Europe's Innovative Medicines Initiative to speed development. Photograph taken January 16, 2015.  REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY HEALTH) - RTR4M60H

Of Anti-Vaxxers and ‘Crunchy-Cons’

10:18 AM 02/03/2015

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Rand Paul (and a few others) have sparked controversy over comments regarding vaccinations these last few days. It'll be hard to complain when this is cited as evidence of a Republican "war on science" -- even though the anti-vaxxer movement is composed of strange bedfellows.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) greets Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) after Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

How The Super Bowl Explains Romney’s Decision Not To Run

11:07 AM 02/02/2015

Writing in the Daily Beast last week, Romney strategist Stu Stevens sought to explain why Mitt Romney opted out of a third presidential bid. "Running for president is a lot like trying to make it to the Super Bowl," Stevens said. "It’s terribly difficult to get there and once you do, half the teams lose."

Local resident Andreas Gibson celebrates after being the first to exit the Fifth Avenue store after purchasing an iPhone 6 on the first day of sales in Manhattan, New York September 19, 2014.  REUTERS/Adrees Latif  (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TELECOMS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR46X6H

Andrew Sullivan — And Surviving As A Blogger

11:21 AM 01/29/2015

Andrew Sullivan is retiring as a blogger, and though there's some suggestion his influence has waned, his farewell message raises questions about the medium and the toll it takes on writers. It's hard to bitch about being paid to blog (working a "real" job would be tougher), but being tied to a blog -- where you are perpetually expected to immediately have an opinion on every issue, and where the demand for constant content requires five or ten posts a day, every day -- can become a man-made prison.

Reagan, Rhetoric, And The Challenger Disaster

2:25 PM 01/28/2015

Today marks the 29th anniversary of the Challenger disaster, and, of course, the speech President Ronald Reagan delivered that night.

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland March 14, 2013. Two senators seen as possible candidates for the 2016 presidential election will address a conservative conference where Republicans will try to regroup on Thursday after their bruising election loss last year.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR3EZQO

The Hero’s Journey Of Marco Rubio

10:02 AM 01/28/2015

A source tells Politico that Sen. Marco Rubio won an informal straw poll of donors at a recent Koch Brothers meeting.