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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>.

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Greetings all! Thanksgiving is past, so cue the Christmas music.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)(C), speaks with members of the Republican Senate leadership for the 114th Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington November 13, 2014. With McConnell from left are Senators Roy Blunt, (R-MO), Dean Hoeven (R-ND), John Barrasso (R-WY) John Thune (R-SD) and John Cornyn (R-TX).   REUTERS/Joshua Roberts (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR4E2EO

Time For Republicans To Go On Offense

9:56 AM 11/25/2014

In case you haven't been paying attention, President Obama has a penchant for "trolling" Republicans. It works like this: He sets a trap (typically, this involves provoking them by doing something egregious) and they take the bait --- typically by overreacting. And then he wins. This pattern helps explain his recent immigration order, and why Republicans might be tempted to fall for another government shutdown-type situation.

FILE -- Sen. Jim Webb speaks during a news conference at a hotel in Bangkok August 17, 2009. (REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang)

Jim Webb’s Busload of Baggage

11:02 AM 11/21/2014

After it was reported that former Sen. Jim Webb had formed a presidential exploratory committee, I tweeted a link to a Telegraph column I recently penned, pointing out the baggage Webb would have to overcome.

An anti-deportation protester in the audience shouts against President Barack Obama, stopping him temporarily from delivering remarks during event on immigration reform in San Francisco, Nov. 25, 2013. (REUTERS/Jason Reed)

Obama ‘Trolls’ The Right; Divides Nation

2:06 PM 11/19/2014

Over at Politico Magazine, Bill Scher writes with sadistic glee about how President Obama is intentionally "trolling" conservatives with his immigration order.

Yes, The Government Shutdown Hurt Republicans

10:25 AM 11/18/2014

A narrative is emerging amongst some on right. It goes like this: "Opponents of the 'Defund Obamacare' effort said it would do lasting damage, but we just won the Senate -- so stuff it!" (The reason this is once again relevant is that there Republican legislators have little recourse should President Obama unilaterally act on immigration. The "power of the purse" is one of their few tools.)

U.S. Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) (L) and Rand Paul (R-KY) (R) talk to reporters as they arrive to speak at the Tea Party Patriots 'Exempt America from Obamacare' rally on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, September 10, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst   (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEALTH CIVIL UNREST) - RTX13G27

Fight On The Right?: Cruz And Paul Split Over Patriot Act Fix

6:00 PM 11/16/2014

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote Tuesday on whether or not to take up what would be the most significant reform to the Patriot Act since 2001, and the nascent GOP presidential horse race is already looming large in this vote. That's because likely 2016 foe Ted Cruz is an original co-sponsor of the bill, while Rand Paul is publicly opposing it.

US Democratic presidential candidate and US Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) looks at a display on the US civil war and slavery at the Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts in Thornton, Colorado May 28, 2008. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES) US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2008 (USA) - RTX69FF

The Enduring Damage Of Slavery (For People And Nations)

11:00 AM 11/16/2014

In a recent column titled "The Legacy of Fear," David Brooks observes that "Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the biggest surprise is how badly most of the post-communist nations have done since."

An USB key with the logo of Netflix, the American provider of on-demand Internet streaming media, is seen in this illustration photo, in Paris September 15, 2014. Netflix launched its video streaming service in France on Monday and teamed up with Bouygues to offer its content on France's third-largest telecom operator's set-top boxes. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS ENTERTAINMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) - RTR469S1

Message To Netflix: You Didn’t Build That!

4:18 PM 11/15/2014

A boring topic got a little more interesting this week when President Obama suggested the internet should be regulated as a utility and Ted Cruz fired back on Twitter (and later, in an op-ed) comparing net neutrality to ObamaCare.

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court gather for a group portrait in the East Conference Room at the Supreme Court Building in Washington, October 8, 2010. Seated from left to right in front row are: Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Standing from left to right in back row are: Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr., and Associate Justice Elena Kagan.      REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW) - RTXT6Z3

The Other Gruber Gaffe Matters More

10:43 AM 11/12/2014

As you probably know, ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber has come under fire for his admission that the health care law "was written in a tortured way to make sure the CBO did not score the mandate as taxes," and for his confession that “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically -- call it the stupidity of the America voter, or whatever" that got the bill passed.

The Surprisingly Obvious Way To Woo Female Voters

9:39 AM 11/11/2014

Mocking Republican videos aimed at wooing women, such as "Dating Profile" (which featured a woman talking about how she "fell in love" with Obama) and "Say Yes to Rick Scott" (a spoof of "Say Yes to the Dress") liberal commentator Bill Scher offered some solid advice back in October: Stop being cute. Take a page from Eisenhower, and simply run first-person women testimonials.

FILE -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie introduces Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at a campaign rally in West Des Moines, Iowa, Dec. 30, 2011, ahead of the Iowa Caucus on Jan. 3, 2012. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

Can The GOP Only Win The Presidency With A Conservative?

12:34 PM 11/10/2014

Over at the Washington Examiner, Philip Klein makes the interesting case that the GOP can only win the presidency by nominating a real conservative.

Republican Cory Gardner waves with his wife Jamie after winning the midterm elections in Denver, Colo., Nov. 4, 2014. (REUTERS/Rick Wilking)

Has The GOP Re-Established Itself?

11:03 AM 11/07/2014

Rather than gloating over Republican midterm victories, or (the other extreme alternative) resuming the self-flagellation as if it were 2012 again, conservative opinion leaders have risen to the occasion, producing some terrific columns outlining the way forward.

Wendy Davis (REUTERS/Jon Herskovitz), Sandra Fluke (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst) and Lena Dunham (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

Davis, Fluke And Dunham: Liberal Feminism’s Rage Spiral

9:51 AM 11/06/2014

Radical liberal feminism --- the kind that likes abortion on demand and taxpayer-funded birth control --- has been rejected at the polls. Or, at least, it's been a really rough week, or so. And I'm not just talking about the fact that Sen.-elect Cory Gardner effectively pushed back on the "war on women" narrative by defeating Colorado's "Mark Uterus."

A boy holds a sign as he waits for the arrival of U.S. President Barack Obama at a campaign rally for Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown at a High School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland October 19,  2014. Brown is running for governor against Republican Larry Hogan. 
REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR4ARGL

The Daily Caller Predicted The Most Shocking Races This Cycle

12:17 PM 11/05/2014

Writing about Tuesday night's midterm blowouts, Nate Silver concedes "the polls were skewed toward Democrats."

Supporters of Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown throw up their arms in celebration at his midterm election night rally in Manchester, N.H., Nov. 4, 2014. (REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl)

Warning To Republicans: 2016 Won’t Be Like Last Night

9:01 AM 11/05/2014

A couple months ago, I pushed back on the notion that Republicans needed to craft big proactive policy proposals in order to win the midterms.

A woman walks into a polling station in Louisville, Kentucky, November 4, 2014. American voters will decide which party controls the U.S. Senate in Tuesday's elections, and at least 10 competitive races are still considered too close to predict a winner. U.S. Senate minority leader Republican Mitch McConnell is running against Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS) - RTR4CRXP

How To Pre-Write An Election Night Column: 10 Possible Narratives For Tonight

10:47 AM 11/04/2014

I'm going to let you in on a secret. Writing political columns is largely about developing a narrative. Now, this can be unseemly and misleading -- when certain facts are ignored in order to preserve or advance a bogus narrative. But when done correctly, narratives are simply the stories we tell to explain things. We are storytellers, which (despite today's trend toward the wonky) has served us well for centuries.

Independent Senate candidate Greg Orman talks to the press after he visited a campaign phone bank in Shawnee Kansas October 27, 2014. Orman hopes to take the historically conservative U.S. Senate seat in Kansas away from incumbent Pat Roberts in the Nov. 4 election. REUTERS/Dave Kaup (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS) - RTR4BTKX

What About Their Gaffes? Three Statements Giving Democrats Heartburn Today

8:48 AM 11/04/2014

There are multiple tea leaves one can read to ascertain who's winning or losing a race. Polling is the most obvious, of course. But one of the best indicators is to see who's under attack --- not just by their opponent, but by the media --- for committing gaffes. (Notice I didn't say who is committing the most gaffes, inasmuch as this is subjective. If a gaffe falls in the woods and nobody notices it, or nobody cares, is it a gaffe?)

FILE -- Mia Love, the Republican candidate for the 4th congressional district, talks to the press from the party headquarters as results come in for the U.S. presidential election in Salt Lake City, Utah, Nov. 6, 2012. (REUTERS/George Frey)

A Night Of Firsts: Will 2014 Be The Year Of GOP Diversity?

11:04 AM 11/03/2014

As the media focuses on whether or not Republicans will take the U.S. Senate tomorrow, it is interesting to note the largely overshadowed potential for electing a diverse group of Republicans to the House of Representatives.

President Clinton meets with incoming Senate Majority Leader Robert Dole (L) and House Speaker-to-be Newt Gingrich (R) before a meeting in the Oval Office December 2 - RTXF3GC

Does Winning The Midterms Bode Well For The Next Presidential Election?

11:29 AM 10/31/2014

We have established that the midterms are not boring or pointless, but are they predictive? As we look past Tuesday, and toward 2016, this is worth considering.