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>.

Josh Duggar — And The Conservative Infatuation With Fame

FILE -- Josh Duggar, executive director of the Family Research Council Action, speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa Aug. 9, 2014. (REUTERS/Brian Frank)

By now, you've heard about the Josh Duggar molestation scandal. I'm not going to rehash it. Nor am I going to get on a soapbox about the hypocrisy of people preaching values having a plank in their own eye --- or the increasingly creepy connotation attached to a reality show titled, "19 Kids And Counting." And lastly, I'm not going to criticize the numerous Republican politicians who posed for photos with Duggar (if you're famous and someone wants a picture, you usually grant it).

People gather at city hall in Baltimore, May 2, 2015. (REUTERS/Eric Thayer)

How The New Deal Created The Ghetto

10:05 AM 05/22/2015

A recurring theme on this blog has been that big government creates problems that often necessitate even bigger government to solve.

Tea Party Group Teams With ACLU, NAACP On Patriot Act

2:38 PM 05/20/2015

Growing concerns about the Patriot Act's renewal are creating strange bedfellows. The Tea Party Patriots and the ACLU are running TV ads urging Americans to "tell Congress [to] protect our privacy." On top of that, the executive director of Iowa's ACLU and Tea Party Patriots' boss Jenny Beth Martin have coauthored an op-ed in the Des Moines Register on "the need for significant reforms to curtail government surveillance authorities, like some of those included in the Patriot Act."

Scott Walker Redefines What Constitutes A ‘Flip-Flop’

8:20 AM 05/20/2015

Asked by Fox News' Bret Baier about his "flip-flop" on immigration reform, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker responded by unilaterally redefining the term: "A flip would be someone who voted on something --- and did something different," he averred.

New Campaign Ad Features All Original Drone Footage

6:50 AM 05/20/2015

A candidate for Lt. governor in Louisiana has released a new ad featuring "all original footage shot with the Inspire UAV drone."

U.S. President George W. Bush waves while meeting Ohio police officers after speaking about the renewal of expiring portions of the controversial Patriot Act while visiting a police training center in Columbus, Ohio, June 9, 2005. Parts of the Patriot Act, signed into law after the September 11, 2001 attacks, are scheduled to expire at the end of the year. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  KL/KS - RTRDWM1

Well-Intentioned Or Evil: Revisiting George W. Bush’s Iraq Legacy

10:54 AM 05/18/2015

I've been critical of Jeb Bush's inability to answer the question of whether -- knowing what we know now -- he would have invaded Iraq (it took him five times to get it right).

Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker listens during the 2011 Governors Summit of U.S. Chamber of Commerce June 20, 2011 in Washington, DC. The summit was to focus on policies that help states to attract businesses and to improve the economy. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Budget Season Presents Challenges For Governors Running For President

10:41 AM 05/14/2015

In many ways, running for president as governor of a state is easier than running from Washington. Senators are forced to take votes on all sorts of random hot-button issues, while governors are back in the states, making the trains run on time, and gaining executive experience.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks during the Freedom Summit in Greenville, South Carolina May 9, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Keane

Is Opposing The Iraq War Now The Default Republican Position?

11:27 AM 05/13/2015

This whole Jeb Bush/Iraq thing is remarkable. First, you've got the fact that this debacle has come from interviews with ostensibly friendly interlocutors -- Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity. That's an interesting aspect, to be sure. But what is even more remarkable to me, at least, is that you now have mainstream Republican candidates like Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Ted Cruz (who worked for Dubya) -- not to mention Sen. Rand Paul and Dr. Ben Carson -- publicly criticizing the invasion.

SIMI VALLEY, CA - SEPTEMBER 07:  Republican presidential candidates from left Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Ron Paul, Herman Cain and Jon Huntsman during the Ronald Reagan Centennial GOP Presidential Primary Debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on September 7, 2011 in Simi Valley, California.  The debate is sponsored by POLITICO and NBC News. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Who Gets In The Primary Debates? A Serious Question For Republicans

9:09 AM 05/13/2015

Jonathan Martin is out with a good piece today, which raises an important question: Who will be allowed in the GOP primary debates?

Republican presidential candidate and senator of Texas Ted Cruz speaks at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition's forum in Waukee, Iowa, April 25, 2015.   (REUTERS/Jim Young)

By Accepting Apology, Ted Cruz Sets Classy Example

8:18 AM 05/12/2015

After his controversial interview with Bloomberg's Mark Halperin (which ThinkProgress dubbed "the most racist interview of a 2016 candidate"), Sen. Ted Cruz responded to Halperin's apology with magnanimity: "Mark Halperin is a serious and fair-minded journalist," Cruz wrote on his Facebook page. "Today he kindly issued an apology for some silly questions he asked me in an interview. The apology was unnecessary -- no offense was taken, nor, I believe, intended -- but is certainly appreciated."

What Bill Simmons Taught Me About Blogging, Podcasting, And Modern Journalism

2:13 PM 05/11/2015

There's a lot of handwringing in journalism these days about how hard things are in the business. And rightly so. Things have changed. Just as creative destruction and globalization upended a lot of American jobs, technological changes have changed journalism. There are winners and losers. You can either clutch your pearls and lament this, or you take advantage of the new system. After all, the old rules had gatekeepers that kept people like me out (it also kept some people out who really deserved to be kept out; these things are always a double-edged swords).

Former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush listens to a question at the Iowa Agriculture Summit in Des Moines, Iowa,  March 7, 2015.   REUTERS/Jim Young  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR4SFV3

Source: Jets Owner Woody Johnson To Be Jeb’s Ntl. Finance Chair

8:47 PM 05/08/2015

According to a source, Jeb Bush is close to naming  New York Jets owner Woody Johnson as his national finance chairman.

Gov. Rick Scott with President Barack Obama. File photo. Saul Loeb/Getty Images.

Fla. Pols May Expand Medicaid — Including A Few Who Work For Hospitals!?

12:08 PM 05/08/2015

Medicaid already takes up about a third of Florida's budget, but if Republicans in the state Senate have their way, the program will be expanded.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) smiles after beating the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium, Jan 18, 2015, at Foxborough, Mass. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

Is The Media Harder on Tom Brady Than Hillary? ‘Clinton Cash’ Author Sees Double Standard

8:50 AM 05/08/2015

Peter Schweizer, author of the new book "Clinton Cash," was on my podcast Thursday to discuss his new book about The Clintons --- and the response it has received.

A combination of file photos of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush shows him speaking in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, June 21, 2012 (L) and campaigning in Hudson, New Hampshire March 13, 2015.  REUTERS/David Manning/Shannon Stapleton/Files

Have it Both Ways: How Jeb Bush Can Win By Losing In Iowa

2:54 PM 05/06/2015

new Quinnipiac University poll in Iowa showing Jeb Bush in seventh place, prompted the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza to declare he should just skip the Hawkeye State altogether.

Ben Carson Speaking at the National Press Club - Katie Frates-Daily Caller

Ben Carson Is A Man With A Lot To Lose (Whether He Realizes It, Or Not)

9:00 AM 05/04/2015

While some African-American pastors and community leaders worry Dr. Ben Carson's presidential campaign might tarnishing his reputation as a positive example to the black community, I also worry conservatives might be losing a messenger.

Why Mike Huckabee Is For Real

11:34 AM 05/01/2015

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee is expected to announce his presidential run on Tuesday in Hope, Arkansas, and a new video only serves to remind us of just how formidable a candidate he can be.

Residents, protesting the death of 25-year-old black man Freddie Gray, hold signs near riot police who lined the intersection of North Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue ahead of a city-wide curfew in Baltimore, Maryland April 28, 2015.  REUTERS/Adrees Latif

What Happened To Freddie Gray?

10:50 AM 05/01/2015

During our bloggingheads discussion the other day, Bill Scher asked me why the reaction to the Baltimore riots was different than the initial reaction to Ferguson, where conservatives (including yours truly) were more inclined to question police behavior.

Singer and songwriter Garth Brooks performs after accepting an award at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Centennial Awards in New York, November 17, 2014.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Garth Brooks’ ‘The Dance’ Is Old Enough To Rent A Car: Why It Still Matters

1:08 PM 04/30/2015

If Wikipedia is to be believed, today is the 25th anniversary of the release of "The Dance," which I would argue was Garth Brooks' greatest hit and signature song. (Note: Brooks' eponymous album featuring the tune came out in 1989, but there were so many hits that they parceled them out over the course of a year.)