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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.
Marco Rubio's new TV ad "Bartender" debuted this morning on Today. In the bio spot that highlights his father (an immigrant who worked late hours in order to make ends meet), Rubio repeats a line I've heard so many times: "That journey from behind that bar to behind this podium, that's the essence of the American Dream."
Walker Percy once said: “A good title should be like a good metaphor; it should intrigue without being too baffling or too obvious.” Assuming this is true, Too Dumb to Fail might just be the perfect title for my forthcoming book about overcoming the problems facing conservatism.
President Obama is playing political games. He likes suggesting conservatives are crazy and racist and reactionary. So he's mocking them for wanting to take precautions to prevent terrorists from entering the country as refugees. He says Republicans are "scared of widows and orphans."
Early polling seems to suggest the Paris attacks didn't quite change everything in the political world (Donald Trump is still on top!). But maybe they changed something? Might this moment force voters to give a serious and experienced governor a second look?
I'm about a week late to this debate, but I wanted to weigh in on the irony of Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul proposing a value-added tax (VAT).
If politicians can be Too Dumb to Fail, then it stands to reason that they can also be too smart to win. Consider the case of Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, who announced he was dropping his presidential bid yesterday.
When I was a kid playing little league baseball, my dad always stressed to me one maxim: "You practice like you play." What this meant was that if you practiced sloppily, it would eventually manifest itself in a game situation.
America is exceptional, as Tocqueville observed. There are many reasons for this, but among them is the fact that we are a nation of immigrants.
The reviews are in --- and it looks like Rand Paul had a good night. Libertarians say he hit his stride. Slate says he's best when he has nothing left to lose. It was clearly his finest performance of the four debates.
One of the many problems with modern media is that nuance doesn't play well on television. For example, I've been saying that the vetting of Ben Carson is appropriate and that liberal media bias exists (the answer isn't to give Carson a pass, it's to properly vet all politicians running for president).
A few years ago, author Malcolm Gladwell suggested that cultural leanings might make plane crashes more likely. For example, Korean culture, the theory went, was so hierarchical that crew members would rather risk crashing than show up the pilot.
I don't know whether Ben Carson has fabricated things about his past -- the alleged stabbing incident or his West Point scholarship -- but what I do know is that it's proper for the media to investigate discrepancies. As I told CNN this morning, it's fair for conservatives to complain that Barack Obama wasn't properly vetted, but that doesn't mean that we shouldn't investigate Dr. Carson's background -- especially since he has made his personal biography an important selling point for his candidacy.
Let's be honest: Ben Carson is an interesting cat. That's not all bad. Unusual people change the world. Some of my best friends are weird. But if I were to run into him at some event, having no knowledge of his academic pedigree or accomplishments, and he started talking to me in that sort of whispering voice, I would probably smile and nod -- and then slowly back away, making no sudden movements.
Fifteen years after George W. Bush promised ''to restore honor and dignity" to the White House, Donald Trump is sounding a similar theme. As Alex Pappas notes, in his new book, “Crippled America,” Trump writes: “Making America Great Again begins at home.”
A group called Faith Driven Consumer is launching an annual index to measure a company's "compatibility with Faith Driven Consumers," and, perhaps not surprisingly, Chick-fil-A and Hobby Lobby score well.
I think I might have just unintentionally trolled Donald Trump. This morning, Morning Joe featured my Sunday Telegraph column as one of their "must-read opinion pieces," and Mika poked some fun with my line about Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan being "boyishly handsome."
I've been arguing that 21st century Republicans like Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio can help change negative perceptions about the GOP and conservatism. Some of this has to do with the fact that they offer generational change -- but some of it has to do with their personal journeys -- and their emphasis on inclusion and compassion and faith.
It was once said of Winston Churchill that he was a man with a brilliant future behind him. One could say the same about Jeb Bush -- the once promising and conservative governor of Florida -- who now risks tarnishing his reputation if he continues to run an embarrassing campaign. Churchill surprised everyone with his comeback, but the odds of Jeb getting the soufflé to rise twice are long.