Matt K. Lewis
Matt K. Lewis
Senior Contributor

Better To Be Over-Prepped Or Under-Prepped For A Debate?: It Depends

(Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The narrative seems to be that Hillary Clinton's debate prep involves lots of practice, while Donald Trump is going to wing it. Conventional wisdom suggests the former is wiser, but earlier today, I made a point on CNN that there are different philosophies for this.

A man takes part in planting some of the 3,000 flags placed in memory of the lives lost in the September 11, 2001 attacks, at a park in Winnetka REUTERS/Jim Young

Daniel Ruddy: Theodore Roosevelt, The Conservative Crusader

3:11 PM 09/22/2016

The author of Theodore the Great: Conservative Crusader, Daniel Ruddy, analyzed Theodore Roosevelt as a true conservative who used progressive policies to please the public with TheDC's Matt Lewis in a recent podcast.

Glenn Reynolds, Ross Douthat, And The Liberal Onslaught That Created Trump

9:12 AM 09/22/2016

Is Donald Trump's rise a backlash against liberal overreach? At the Atlantic, James Parker said Trump "has co-created a space in American politics that is uniquely transgressive, volatile, carnivalesque, and (from a certain angle) punk rock."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks to reporters on the upcoming budget battle on Capitol Hill in Washington December 9, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Harry Reid’s Legacy Of Shameless Partisanship

10:49 AM 09/21/2016

The 2016 presidential race has sucked up all of the political oxygen for months now, but it's appropriate to take some time to excoriate retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on his way out the door.

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‘Liberty’s Kids’ Writer Jay Abramowitz On Teaching Kids American History

10:55 AM 09/20/2016

In a recent podcast conversation, TheDC's Matt Lewis and writer Jay Abramowitz discussed little-known stories of the Revolutionary War that were portrayed in the children's TV show, "Liberty's Kids." Abramowitz, who wrote some of the show's most important episodes, emphasized the importance of teaching kids history.

Serious Question: Why Did The ‘Birther’ Issue Reemerge?

9:54 AM 09/19/2016

After a couple weeks of playing offense, Donald Trump ended last week with an unsatisfying press conference where he finally conceded that President Obama was born in the U.S.A.

How ‘Roseanne’ Gave Us Donald Trump

9:42 AM 09/16/2016

If The Cosby Show helped pave the way for Barack Obama's election, then it might also be said that the groundbreaking show Roseanne was a harbinger for Donald Trump's candidacy.

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Kellyanne Conway Will Deserve Credit If Trump Wins

9:32 AM 09/15/2016

What a difference a couple of months makes. After the Democratic Convention in July, Donald Trump's campaign was floundering. Today, he is leading in some polls (with the trend lines looking especially good), and even 538 is imagining a plausible path to an electoral victory (even if he loses the popular vote).

Club for Growth Shifts To A General Election Focus

10:38 AM 09/13/2016

Back in 2010, there were plenty of flabby, old Republicans in Congress who had lost their way. The most efficient way for conservatives to change the system was to defeat them in the primary. Today, thanks to those efforts, there's an impressive, young crop of thoughtful conservatives already in office. The main challenge, now, is to make sure they are re-elected.

ORANGEBURG, SC - APRIL 26:  US Senator Hillary Clinton (R) (D-NY) looks over at US Sen. Barack Obama during the first debate of the 2008 presidential campaign April 26, 2007 at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Remember When Hillary Accused Obama Of ‘Demeaning… Small-Town America’?

1:48 PM 09/12/2016

Last week, when Hillary Clinton said that "you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables...The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, [and] Islamophobic," I didn't write anything about it. '

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a church service, in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., September 3, 2016.   REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Our Last Hope: Donald Trump Finds Jesus

10:40 AM 09/09/2016

We're now at the point in the election cycle where our best hope is that 70-year old Donald Trump will experience a major religious conversion that radically changes him.

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The Future Of Conservative Media (In A Post-Trump World)

9:10 AM 09/08/2016

One of the interesting subplots taking place in the internecine struggle over the future of the GOP is the battle over the future of center-right media. For as long as I can recall, there has been a dichotomy with journalists/writers on one side and bloggers and talk radio hosts, etc. on the other.

When A Cough Is More Than A Cough

11:55 AM 09/06/2016

The worst gaffes confirm preexisting narratives. That's why Hillary Clinton's recent "coughing fit" matters politically. Donald Trump has taken a lot of heat for raising questions about her health, but he has planted the seed of doubt in the public's collective mindset. Sometimes a cough is just a cough, but Trump has turned this very human function into a gaffe. And now, when Clinton demonstrates any sort of frailty, she is perceived as weak.

Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally on August 30, 2016 in Everett, Washington (Getty Images)

12 Takeaways From Trump’s Arizona Rally

1:52 PM 09/01/2016

A smart reader attended Donald Trump's rally in Phoenix, Arizona, last night and passed along the following observations. I now pass them on to you. Anyone who is interested in the Trump phenomenon --- or the future of conservatism --- would do well to read his take on the good, the bad and the ugly.

A Radical Proposal For The GOP’s Presidential-Nominating Process

12:48 PM 08/31/2016

For obvious reasons, people keep trying to figure out how to ensure that the Republican presidential primary process doesn't get hijacked (again). Writing at National ReviewJohn Noonan recently observed that "One of the GOP’s great structural weaknesses is that there’s little downside in running for president."

U.S. Senator and Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio speaks at a campaign rally in The Villages, Florida, March 13, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo

For Tea Party, 2016 Looks A Lot Different From 2010

10:59 AM 08/31/2016

Last night, incumbent Senators John McCain and Marco Rubio coasted to victory. It wasn't exactly the fight of their lives.

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Rush Limbaugh Exposed?

5:38 PM 08/30/2016

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New Poll: ‘Loud-Mouth Jerk’ Crushes ‘Habitual Liar’

9:03 AM 08/26/2016

The 1990 movie Crazy People illustrated the humor that would ensue if we ever actually committed to truth in advertising. "Buy Volvos," the ad guys---having stumbled on the honest approach---declared. "They're boxy. But they're good."

Sergio Colas (C) and other runners sit in a bookshop as they prepare for the first running of the bulls in the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, northern Spain, July 7, 2016. REUTERS/Susana Vera

Educate Yourself: The Best Books And Podcasts Around

6:47 PM 08/24/2016

I'm on vacation this week, so blogging will be light. The following is the second half of an interview I did with Joshua Delk recently. Read to the first half here.