Matt K. Lewis
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.

Marco Rubio: A Bartender’s Son Achieves The American Dream

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."

Republican presidential candidates Sen. Ted Cruz, businessman Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson talk during a commercial break in the midst of the second official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 presidential campaign at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., Sept. 16, 2015. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

Why Smart People Can Make Dumb Political Leaders

10:33 AM 11/23/2015

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.

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 28:  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) arrives to speak to the media after House Republicans nominated him to be the next Speaker of the House, at the US Capitol October 28, 2015 in Washington, DC. Ryan will replace outgoing House Speaker John Boehner.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

On Syrian Refugee Crisis, Paul Ryan Rises To The Occasion

9:47 AM 11/20/2015

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."

Christie: 'Disturbing' That Dems Won't Stand 'Behind Police Officers In This Country'(screenshot: Fox Business)

Is Chris Christie About To Make A Comeback?

9:38 AM 11/19/2015

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?

The Irony Of Cruz And Paul Supporting A VAT

2:07 PM 11/18/2015

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).

Republican U.S. presidential candidate and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal participates in the Voters First Presidential Forum in Manchester, New Hampshire August 3, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Too Smart To Win: The Ballad Of Bobby Jindal

6:57 AM 11/18/2015

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.

French soldiers patrol near the Eiffel Tower as part of the highest level of

Can We Take Political Correctness Seriously After Paris?

11:40 AM 11/16/2015

Jonathan Chait is a critic of political correctness on college campuses, yet he's coming close to suggesting we should employ it in our foreign policy rhetoric.

Poll Shows Gap Between GOP Electorate And General Electorate

12:18 PM 11/13/2015

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.

(YouTube screen shot/Saturday Night Live, Donald Trump Monologue)

Will The GOP Become America’s ‘National Front’ Party?

8:25 AM 11/12/2015

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.

Republican presidential candidate and Sen. Rand Paul participates remotely by video conference during the Voters First Presidential Forum in Manchester, N.H., Aug. 3, 2015. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

Let Rand Be Rand!

9:39 AM 11/11/2015

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.

Ben Carson gives a speech at a 'Building the New Puerto Rico' event in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, November 8, 2015.  REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Yes, Liberal Media Bias Exists

9:15 AM 11/10/2015

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).

Former United States President George H. W. Bush is brought into the auditorium where his son Former United States President George W. Bush speaks about his new book titled

Why Can’t Poppy And Dubya Talk Without A Biographer?

3:10 PM 11/09/2015

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.

A Media ‘Feeding Frenzy’ Of Ben Carson’s Own Making

12:40 PM 11/06/2015

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.

Ivy League Professor Tweets: Ben Carson Should Win 'Coon Of The Year' (Getty Images)

Ben Carson And The ‘Weird Factor’

11:08 AM 11/05/2015

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.

George W. Bush laughs off Kanye West as president. (Photo: Getty Images)

Donald Trump Channels Jeb’s Brother: Promises To Restore ‘Dignity’ To The White House

8:34 AM 11/04/2015

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.”

              FILE - In this Tuesday, May 28, 2013, file photo, An outdoors sign for Walmart is seen in Duarte, Calif.  As more stores push for Thanksgiving shoppers, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, that it will start to offer its holiday blockbuster deals at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving at its stores, two hours earlier than last year. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Should Christian Consumers Take A Page From The Human Rights Campaign?

8:58 AM 11/03/2015

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.

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Sparks, Nevada, October 29, 2015. REUTERS/James Glover II

Donald Trump Watches ‘Morning Joe’ (Responds To My Column)

9:48 AM 11/02/2015

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."

Paul Ryan Prays For Drug Addict [VIDEO]

8:39 AM 10/30/2015

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.

Republican U.S. presidential candidate former Governor Jeb Bush speaks as U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R) looks on at the 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate held by CNBC in Boulder, Colorado, October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

It’s Time For Jeb Bush To Call It Quits

8:52 AM 10/29/2015

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.