Blog - Matt Lewis
There's a good piece in today's Wall Street Journal about how homegrown terrorists are being marketed to, ironically, via Western media narratives.
Evangelical leaders met this week to politically baptize Donald Trump as the Republican nominee. Because of his many transgressions, doing so has required employing sophistry---plausible, but misleading, arguments---to justify their support.
Last night's CNN Libertarian town hall with former GOP governors Gary Johnson and Bill Weld provided more evidence that conservatives are homeless in 2016. I'm with Johnson on a number of issues --- including trade and immigration --- but his support of abortion is a deal-breaker. (An aside: Why didn't Rand Paul run for the LP nomination?)
Once the darling of the tea party who defeated establishment favorite (and then-Florida governor) Charlie Crist, Marco Rubio seemed poised to be the Republican savior. He was young, conservative, Hispanic, and eloquent. Then, things started to fall apart.
Recently fired Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski speaks on his relationship with Donald Trump's family https://t.co/q03jT7vpyJ
In baseball, if things aren't going well with your team and you need to send a message, what do you do? You always fire the manager. Now, it might not be his fault. It might be other people's fault. In fact, it might be that you---the team owner---are to blame. But you can't fire yourself. So you ditch the manager.
Yesterday, Sen. John McCain ignited a bit of a firestorm when he said that President Obama was "directly responsible" for the mass shooting in Orlando. It was a stupid thing to say, but give him credit for not doubling down on it for too long; within hours, McCain walked the comments back, explaining that he "misspoke."
In the wake of Orlando, a bunch of stories in emerged arguing that Republicans who favor gay rights like Donald Trump. Nobody is arguing that Trump will win with gays, but it certainly seems plausible that he will do better than Mitt Romney.
Jonah Goldberg is out today with a piece that he pushed on Twitter as “Muhammad Ali and the birth of bragging culture.”
Yesterday, on my podcast, I moderated a thoughtful debate between two conservatives who differ on whether we should support Donald Trump. Kurt Schlichter, a columnist, veteran, and attorney, backed Cruz in the primary, but argues that Trump is a much better alternative to Hillary Clinton. Rob Neppell, a conservative blog pioneer and erstwhile Tea Party leader, is part of the “Never Trump” movement. Toward the end of our conversation, Neppell asked Schlicther whether we can all get along when this election is over. The general consensus was that it’ll be easy for the reluctant Trump supporters and the “Never Trumpers” to reunite. The bigger question is whether Trump’s most loyal fans can coexist with Trump’s most vehement conservative adversaries.
Waiting for the Trump pivot is like waiting for Godot.
A couple months back, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat wrote about "the online movement known as 'neoreaction,'" of which, he noted, "in its highbrow form offers a monarchist critique of egalitarianism and mass democracy, and in its popular form is mostly racist pro-Trump Twitter accounts and anti-P.C. provocateurs."
Apart from Charles Sumner and a handful of ugly protests and labor incidents over the years, America has largely avoided political violence that has been commonplace in other parts of the world.
Thank goodness he never attended Trump University, but my dad did once drag me to a “timeshare” pitch. The mailer we received promised, “No strings attached.” We had won some sort of prize. Just sit through their spiel, we were told, and walk away with either a car or a boat. Upon leaving, we were handed an inflatable boat in a cardboard box.