Matt K. Lewis
Matt K. Lewis
Senior Contributor

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

Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump (Getty Images)

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.

Prostitutes on Game of Thrones

Parents Can ‘Filter’ Content In Movies: Good Or Bad Idea?

12:33 PM 08/21/2016

“Watch movies your way---however the BLEEP you want."

After Trump: How The GOP Revitalizes

9:27 AM 08/18/2016

Everyone keeps asking me what happens to the GOP if Donald Trump loses?

Confused student (Getty Images/Wealan Pollard)

What If We’re Wrong?

11:44 AM 08/16/2016

During a recent conversation with EconTalk host Russ Roberts, author and essayist Chuck Klosterman discussed his new book But What If We're Wrong. Explaining his premise, Klosterman noted that "we sort of exist in this world where we live as if we are right about how we view reality..." But, of course, as his title suggests, we might be wrong.

A combination photo shows U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) and Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) in Los Angeles, California on May 5, 2016 and in Eugene, Oregon, U.S. on May 6, 2016 respectively. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (L) and Jim Urquhart/File Photos)

Jesus, Take The Lever

5:17 PM 08/15/2016

Do you and I have a moral obligation to vote this November? Is it unpatriotic or wrong to decline to choose the lesser of two evils?

Advice To College Grads: Be Willing To Move

1:57 PM 08/12/2016

I will be away on vacation this week, and blogging will be light. The following is the first of two posts highlighting excerpts from a longer interview I did with Joshua Delk this summer. 

No, Ladies, You Don’t Have To Vote For Hillary

11:14 AM 08/12/2016

Activist and author Maegan Carberry came on the Matt Lewis & The News podcast Thursday to answer a question both Republicans and Democrats are asking: Do I have to vote for Hillary Clinton?

Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at an American Renewal Project event at the Orlando Convention Center in Orlando, Florida August 11, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

Donald Trump Is A Black Fly In My Chardonnay

9:35 AM 08/12/2016

After repeatedly insisting Barack Obama was literally the founder of ISIS, Donald Trump is now saying it was all...sarcasm.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds babies at a campaign rally in Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S., July 29, 2016.  REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Has Donald Trump Ever Been Taken ‘Behind The Woodshed’?

12:32 PM 08/11/2016

The Bible warns: "Spare the rod, spoil the child." But could the same advice apply to the raising of future leaders? The flabbergasted spectator seated behind Donald Trump, when the GOP nominee talked about "Second Amendment people," seemed to suggest as much.

Matt Lewis & The News Podcast: How To Write Like Tolstoy

2:40 PM 08/10/2016

Is it possible to teach someone to write well? "Only with qualifications" says Richard Cohen. "There's a certain amount that can be done, but you've got to have some real ability to begin with." Cohen, author of the new book How to Write Like Tolstoy: A Journey into the Minds of Our Greatest Writers, came on the Matt Lewis Show to give his tips on how to write like one of the greats.

A Note To The Haters

11:05 AM 08/09/2016

In my job, I wear a couple of different hats, and this is inconvenient in a world where you are expected to take sides and defend your "team" regardless of merit. My approach to covering politics, however, draws a fine distinction between analysis and activism.

Supporters are seen as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign event at Windham High School in Windham, New Hampshire August 6, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

How Trump Could Get His Groove Back (In Three Simple Steps)

8:34 AM 08/08/2016

The good news for Donald Trump is that, amazingly, he could still win this thing (and no, I'm not talking about some sort of economic collapse, terrorist attack, or "October surprise" swinging the race). That's because (A) Hillary Clinton isn't a great candidate, (B) 7 out of 10 of Americans feel that the country is going in the wrong direction, and (C) it's hard for any political party to win three consecutive presidential elections.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton smiles in Commerce City, Colorado, August 3, 2016. (REUTERS/Rick Wilking)

Liberal Media Bias (And How To Win In Spite Of It)

11:14 AM 08/05/2016

It's time once again to reiterate a point that I've made before many times: Yes, media bias exists --- and yes, this impacts political campaigns --- but yes, it can be overcome.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S., July 29, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

‘Confidence Game’ Author Maria Konnikova: Trump Is A Con Artist

6:22 PM 08/04/2016

A few months ago, New York Times bestselling author of "The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It...Every Time”, Maria Konnikova, appeared on "Real Time With Bill Maher." An expert in study of con artistry, when asked whether Trump was a con artist, she was careful to be guarded and avoided giving a direct answer.

Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson speaks to AFP during an interview in Washington, DC, on May 9, 2016. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Anti-Trump Republicans Shouldn’t Back Johnson-Weld

9:35 AM 08/03/2016

As TheDC's Alex Pappas reported, anti-Trump Republicans are forming a group to support the Libertarian ticket of Gary Johnson and Bill Weld. I'll admit to being intrigued by the prospect of supporting the ticket of these two former GOP governors, but --- upon further review --- it would be just as ridiculous as backing Donald Trump.

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton (Getty Images)

Lagniappe: PA All Day

4:56 PM 08/01/2016


The Simpsons mock presidential candidates in new clip

Khizr Khan, whose son, Humayun S. M. Khan was one of 14 American Muslims who died serving in the U.S. Army in the 10 years after the 9/11 attacks, offers to loan his copy of the Constitution to Donald Trump. (REUTERS/Mike Segar)

Khizr Khan—And How Unlikely Civilians Keep Impacting Elections

10:35 AM 08/01/2016

It has been said that Elián González defeated Al Gore in 2000. Who knows if that's actually true, but---more frequently than we might imagine---election-year political narratives are shaped by unlikely or unexpected civilians. That's exactly what is happening right now with regard to the story of Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the Muslim parents of a fallen soldier.

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks on the third night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Obama Channels Reagan’s Optimism In DNC Speech

7:02 AM 07/28/2016

I'm old enough to remember when Republicans were anti-Russian, pro-free trade, and bullish on America. Since 1980, at least, Republicans were the party of optimism. "I know there will always be a bright dawn ahead," Reagan assured us, even as he rode off into the sunset.