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 @mattklewis.

Pat Toomey Endorsed An AFL-CIO Leader

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) questions U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew (foreground) at the Senate Finance Committee on the U.S. government debt limit in Washington October 10, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Sen. Pat Toomey's endorsement in an August 4 special election for the Pennsylvania state house is raising some eyebrows. That's because the candidate he's backing,Paul Mullen, is also the head of the Delaware County AFL-CIO -- and business manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Cuckoldry. Getty Images

What’s Behind The ‘Cuckservative’ Slur? (NSFW)

11:54 AM 07/23/2015

Erick Erickson recently stumbled across the term "cuckservative." It's a word that has been popping up on Twitter a lot lately, but this was the first time I'd seen someone of any consequence reference it. But the definition Erickson tweeted doesn't really do it justice -- as it elides the truly sleazy implications of the term. The goal is to obviously combine the words cuckolded with conservative.

Taking Back The States’ Rights Argument

10:26 AM 07/23/2015

The story of states' rights began with abolitionists, according to Adam Freedman's "A Less Perfect Union: The Case For States' Rights." Although the term has become tarnished by being associated with segregation, during a recent conversation, Freedman argued that abolitionists were the original guardians of state sovereignty in the antebellum era.

Paging Rush Limbaugh…

9:08 AM 07/22/2015

Imagine a world where Rush Limbaugh channels Bill Buckley -- and embraces his leadership responsibility on the right. That's the thrust of my latest column at the Daily Beast. I'm picking on Limbaugh only because he's the one guy who has the moral authority on the right to play the role of pope and excommunicate apostates and phonies the way Buckley did so many years ago.

Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) acknowledges the audience's applause at a campaign event in Des Moines, Iowa, June 12, 2015.  (REUTERS/Jim Young)

‘Netroots Nation’ Explodes: The Radical Left Has Troubles, Too

9:03 AM 07/20/2015

As John McCain might say, there seem to be a lot of "crazies" in Phoenix of late. It must be the heat. But, to be fair, most of the bad actors I'm about to tell you about probably aren't from Arizona. (And it's  a dry heat.) Whatever the case may be, their radicalism was on full display during Netroots nation this week, when former Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley and socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders were both shouted down.

A woman holds a protest sign as she drives past the Luxe Hotel, where Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was expected to speak in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, United States July 10, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

What If The Base Is Wrong?

9:19 AM 07/17/2015

One of the explanations for Donald Trump's surging poll numbers goes like this: The base doesn't trust Republican leaders on immigration. The manifestation of this has been support for a man who tells it like it is.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event in Phoenix, Arizona July 11, 2015. REUTERS/Nancy Wiechec

Why Donald Trump Is Popular

2:11 PM 07/15/2015

I've already written too much about Donald Trump, but the situation on the ground continues to demand more! In this case, it's a new USA Today national poll showing Trump in first place that merits additional comment.

Iranians gesture as they celebrate in the street following a nuclear deal with major powers, in Tehran July 14, 2015. REUTERS/TIMA

Obama’s Nuclear Deal With Iran: A Conflict Of Visions

9:36 AM 07/15/2015

Samuel Johnson once described second marriages as a triumph of hope over experience. And perhaps that should apply to second terms as well. Indeed, the lessons of -- not just the last few years -- but rather, the 20th century, suggest President Obama should have walked away from the Tehran accord.

Lynda Carter was Miss World USA in 1972 and starred as the title character in the TV show

Wonder Woman’s Weird Creator

9:19 AM 07/14/2015

A common theme of this blog is that politics is downstream from culture. By focusing on business and politics, and largely ignoring academia and entertainment, conservatives ceded the culture.

Revealed: Rick Santorum’s Grandfather Knew Hitler

12:53 PM 07/13/2015

Rick Santorum's grandfather knew Adolf Hitler. And he thought he was a jerk.

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks during town hall campaign stop at the VFW Post in Hudson, New Hampshire, July 8, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Should Jeb Bush Skip Debates That Include Donald Trump?

8:55 AM 07/13/2015

In recent days, I have argued that Republicans must allow Donald Trump into the debates, and that his inclusion should be viewed as an opportunity for other candidates like Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio to take him on.

Businessman and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets supporters during a back-yard reception in Bedford, New Hampshire, June 30, 2015.  REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

Donald Trump As A ‘Sister Souljah’ Moment

9:45 AM 07/09/2015

Donald Trump presents a real problem for his GOP opponents. Sure, he's tarnishing the brand. But he's smart, confident, and tough. He throws elbows. And this goes a long way. If you look and act like you know what you're doing -- if you show no sign of fear or doubt -- people tend to believe what you say. (I'm reminded of Matt Damon's line in 30 Rock: "If you walk briskly in a pilot's uniform, you can go pretty much anywhere.")

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is greeted by attendees as he arrives at a campaign event in Indianola, Iowa, United States, June 14, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

Let Bernie Be Bernie!

8:42 AM 07/08/2015

As Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders gains momentum in the Democratic primary, he confronts a sort of paradox that can best be summed up in the title of Bill Scher's latest piece for Politico Magazine: To Win, Bernie Can't Be Bernie. The problem is that Bernie got to this point by being Bernie. We wouldn't be talking about Bernie were it not for his incredible Bernie-ness. And now -- to get to the next level -- Bernie has to change???

A Political Ad That’s Actually Funny [VIDEO]

10:05 AM 07/07/2015

If you're tired of the same old political bickering, a new website wants to inject some humor into our political debates., which launches today, promises to eschew tribal identities, instead aiming to reframe the left vs. right paradigm to an outsider vs. insider one.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures and declares

Why Donald Trump Must Be Allowed To Debate

8:56 AM 07/07/2015

A central premise of my forthcoming book Too Dumb to Fail is that Republican politicians continually encounter perverse incentives. There is little downside to engaging in reckless rhetoric. Indeed, there are plenty of benefits to doing so. This creates a moral hazard. And in a flatter, less hierarchical world, nobody has the moral authority to call anyone out for this. There are no longer any adults in charge.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who is expected to make a bid to become the U.S. Republican presidential candidate, speaks during a

Scott Walker’s Wife: One More Reason For SoCons To Worry?

1:04 PM 07/06/2015

Behind every great man, there's an incredibly astonished woman. And if you're a Republican politician, the odds are pretty good she's not on board with everything in your agenda. Along those lines, social conservatives have a new reason to worry about Scott Walker: Tonette Walker.

A Gay Pride flag flies below the U.S. flag during a celebration of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling of legalizing gay marriage nationwide, at a rally in Ann Arbor, Michigan, June 26, 2015.  REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

What Does A Changing Culture Mean For Christian Conservatives?

2:06 PM 06/29/2015

If you've seen the movie Fletch, you remember the scene where Chevy Chase's character takes on an assumed identity in order to pump a doctor for confidential information about another patient.

US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is followed by Elena Kagan on her way to take the Judicial Oath to become the 112th US Supreme Court justice. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

John Roberts Lets Conservatives Down. Again.

12:08 PM 06/25/2015

By now, you've heard the Supreme Court voted 6-3 in King v. Burwell to uphold the subsidies at the heart of ObamaCare. And you probably know that Chief Justice John Roberts is being compared to David Souter --- who was nominated by the first President Bush. (This really doesn't help Jeb, does it?)

Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (R) hugs Dr. R.B. Holmes, Jr., pastor of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Fla., after Holmes introduced him during Bush's campaign kickoff rally in Miami, June 15, 2015. (REUTERS/Joe Skipper)

Amid Confederate Flag Flap, Jeb Bush Emerges Stronger

11:16 AM 06/24/2015

In the wake of the horrific church shooting in Charleston, S.C., the two dynastic establishment candidates seem to have benefited most from the new political environment.