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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.

Help Us, Paul Ryan. You’re Our Only Hope!

Republican Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan speaks during a session on

As the House of Representatives descends into chaos, a nation turns its lonely eyes to Paul Ryan. He is, as a friend put it, our Obi-Wan Kenobi --- the last, best hope.

Will Kevin McCarthy become the next Speaker of the House? (Photo: Getty Images)

Rumors On The Internets Swirl As McCarthy Abandons Speakership Race

1:40 PM 10/08/2015

It's pandemonium in Washington, as House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has stunned observers by pulling out of the speakership race. There are theories to explain his decision, but one has really set tongues wagging.

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Trump’s Checkered Record on ‘Life’ And ‘Property’: One Out Of Three Ain’t Bad?

9:09 AM 10/07/2015

Donald Trump's recent interview on Fox News' "Special Report" provides us with yet another glimpse into The Donald's not-so-conservative worldview. This time, it came in the form of his passionate insistence that eminent domain is "a wonderful thing."

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks at the John Hay Initiative in Washington September 28, 2015. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Kevin McCarthy’s Benghazi Moment

12:54 PM 10/01/2015

In case you haven't heard, the presumed next House speaker recently raised eyebrows with comments about the Benghazi select committee. "Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right?" presumed future House speaker Kevin McCarthy told Sean Hannity. "But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she's untrustable. But no one would have known any of that had happened, had we not fought."

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump smiles during a news conference to reveal his tax policy at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York September 28, 2015.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Misunderestimating Donald Trump: Why The Pundits Got Him Wrong

11:10 AM 09/30/2015

I'm quoted in a new Washington Post piece on "All the times the pundits declared Trump toast." Like most of my colleagues, I "misunderestimated" The Donald's lingering appeal. Looking back, I recently concluded that rather than assuming one of Trump's early gaffes was the "beginning of the end" I should have said it was just the "end of the beginning."

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy arrives for a House Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington Dec. 2, 2014. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

Meet The New Boss: Can Kevin McCarthy Change The Culture?

8:52 AM 09/29/2015

Everyone seems to have concluded that Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy will be elevated to Speaker McCarthy, and this likely result raises an obvious question: Was it all worth it? Is McCarthy really that much of an upgrade over Boehner that this is cause for celebration?

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina waits backstage while being introduced at the Education Summit in Londonderry, N.H., Aug. 19, 2015. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

CarlyCare: Will Anyone Care She Supported The Individual Mandate?

2:57 PM 09/24/2015

So it turns out that Carly Fiorina supported the individual mandate, as championed by the Heritage Foundation so many years ago. CNN's Chris Moody has video of Fiorina seeming to endorse the idea as recently as 2013.

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio participates in

Rubio Shows Conservatives How To Talk About Pope Francis

8:51 AM 09/23/2015

Marco Rubio put on a clinic Tuesday on how conservatives, who might differ with Pope Francis on economic issues, should talk about him. After all, the eyes of a billion Catholics (some of whom are literally sleeping in the streets of DC, hoping for a glimpse of Francis) are on us.

Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker speaks at the the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Forum in Des Moines, Iowa, Sept. 19, 2015.  (REUTERS/Brian C. Frank)

How Donald Trump Hurt Scott Walker

5:53 PM 09/21/2015

I don't blame Donald Trump for Scott Walker's implosion. In fact, my latest column at The Week details what really went wrong.

Pope Francis leaves at the end of his weekly general audience at Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican on Sept. 16, 2015. (VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

Conservatives Shouldn’t Attack Pope Francis

9:51 AM 09/21/2015

With Pope Francis set to visit Washington, D.C., this week, it's a little disconcerting that a Republican member of Congress is planning to boycott his address to Congress --- and a prominent conservative columnist is preemptively attacking him on the pages of the Washington Post. (Arizona Rep. Gosar is a Catholic, while George Will --- whom I like a lot --- is a self-described "amiable, low voltage atheist.")

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Ann Coulter–And The ‘F—ing Jews’

11:39 AM 09/18/2015

I've been so busy with post-debate commentary that it's taken me this long to get around to Ann Coulter and the “f---ing Jews.”

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a news conference near the U.S.-Mexico border outside of Laredo, Texas July 23, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Is Donald Trump Playing Us For ‘Chumps’?

11:01 AM 09/15/2015

This morning, the Club for Growth announced a $1 million ad buy in Iowa to attack Donald Trump. "It’s important, I think, for the ads to show people...what [Trump is] doing," said Club President David McInthosh. "He’s playing them for chumps."

Carly Fiorina Responds To Trump: ‘I Am Proud Of Every Wrinkle’ [VIDEO]

8:35 AM 09/14/2015

Talk about political jiu jitsu. Carly Fiorina has posted a strong response to Donald Trump's criticism of her "face" on her YouTube page.

House Speaker John Boehner gestures during his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington July 29, 2015. (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas)

The Plot To Topple Speaker Boehner

11:05 AM 09/11/2015

My column in the Daily Beast yesterday suggests that John Boehner's speakership is in jeopardy, and that there are five possible outcomes should a coup be attempted:

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a meeting with Jewish community leaders at the David Posnack Jewish Community Center in Davie, Fla., Sept. 3, 2015.   (REUTERS/Joe Skipper)

Joe Trippi On A Biden Bid: ‘I Think It’s Going To Be Pretty Disappointing’

9:44 AM 09/11/2015

If Vice President Joe Biden runs for president, Joe Trippi said on my podcast yesterday, "I think it's going to be pretty disappointing."

Patrick Murphy: America Tops The World In ‘Greed And Selfish Behavior’

11:13 AM 09/09/2015

Democratic Florida Rep. Patrick Murphy, who is running for U.S. Senate to replace Marco Rubio, has had a rough couple of weeks. First, he channeled Neville Chamberlain's infamous "peace in our time" rhetoric when he endorsed the Iran deal.

Kim Davis, flanked by Republic presidential candidate Mike Huckabee (L) and and Attorney Mathew Staver (R) speaks to her supporters after walking out of jail in Grayson, Kentucky September 8, 2015.  REUTERS/Chris Tilley

Are Conservatives More Intellectually Honest?

10:45 AM 09/09/2015

Kudos to Bloomberg's Sahil Kapur for noticing that "filibuster opponents have gone silent after Democrats lost the Senate in January, while numerous Democratic senators who were vocal in their criticism of the blocking tool have similarly ceased to be vocal on the issue."

Former Hewlett-Packard Co Chief Executive Carly Fiorina arrives for her interview with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric in New York May 4, 2015. (REUTERS/Stephanie Keith)

Carly Fiorina Plays The ‘Sexist’ Victim Card

1:26 PM 09/03/2015

Just as Carly Fiorina was starting to impress, she decided to play the victim card. "If I may say, and I don't say this very often --- the people who keep saying I'm in this for vice president, that's sexist," she declared Wednesday on Laura Ingraham's radio show.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks during the Freedom Summit in Greenville, South Carolina May 9, 2015. (REUTERS/Chris Keane)

Ben Carson’s Secret Weapon: He’s Getting Better With Age

11:12 AM 09/02/2015

Ben Carson is the rarest of political candidates: He actually learns from his mistakes.