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 <a>@mattklewis</a>.

Was Bristol Palin Physically Abused By A Man?

When news trickled out about the Palins being involved in a drunken brawl, I was mildly amused. The narrative was that this band of rich hillbillies was at it again. Then I saw this disturbing quote from Bristol Palin (being questioned about the incident):

Republican National Committee Chariman Reince Priebus gavels the 2012 Republican National Convention into session during the opening session of the Rupublican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 27, 2012 REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES  - Tags: POLITICS)   - RTR3766N

Poised To Win, Republicans Shouldn’t Rest On Their Laurels

11:21 AM 10/22/2014

Let's assume for a minute that the GOP doesn't grasp defeat from the jaws of victory -- that two weeks from now they take the U.S. Senate and hold the House. Then what?

An illustration picture shows the logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone next to the picture of an official German taxi sign in Frankfurt, September 15, 2014. A Frankfurt high court will hold a hearing on a recent lawsuit brought against Uberpop by Taxi Deutschland on Tuesday.  San Francisco-based Uber, which allows users to summon taxi-like services on their smartphones, offers two main services, Uber, its classic low-cost, limousine pick-up service, and Uberpop, a newer ride-sharing service, which connects private drivers to passengers - an established practice in Germany that nonetheless operates in a legal grey area of rules governing commercial transportation. The company has faced regulatory scrutiny and court injunctions from its early days, even as it has expanded rapidly into roughly 150 cities around the world.   REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT CRIME LAW TRANSPORT) - RTR468Z2

The Coming Political Disruption

12:18 PM 10/21/2014

Noting that the U.S. "is entering an era of great political disruption, a bottom-up revolution on the scale of what upended the music, television, movie, media, and retail industries," National Journal's Ron Fournier has a few questions: "How soon until we stop settling for an inferior product in Washington and at statehouses? When do we demand more and better from the Democratic and Republican parties -- or create new political organizations that usurp the old?"

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist appears alone for the first few minutes of a scheduled one hour debate, as Florida Gov. Rick Scott delays taking the stage, during their gubernatorial debate in Davie, Oct. 15, 2014. Incumbent Gov. Rick Scott refused to take the stage because Crist had an electric fan in his podium, in violation of a debate rule prohibiting electronic items on stage. (REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity)

Don’t Call It a ‘Boring’ Election

9:48 AM 10/20/2014


The new political narrative emerging says that 2014 is a "boring" election. (This comes on the heels of allegations it is a "Seinfeld election" about nothing.)

Ladies dressed up for Halloween walk down a sidewalk in Times Square, New York Nov. 1, 2012. (REUTERS/Adrees Latif)

The Death Of Adulthood Isn’t All Bad

12:03 PM 10/17/2014

Halloween is just around the corner, which means we can expect to see think pieces lamenting (or defending) the proliferation of "naughty" costumes popping up. (This is the yearly warm-up for the annual "war on Christmas" columns.)

A volunteer for Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), or Doctors Without Borders, receives training on how to handle personal protective equipment during courses in Brussels Oct. 15, 2014, which is aimed to help deal with the Ebola disease in West Africa. (REUTERS/Francois Lenoir)

Ebola Makes Everyone More Conservative

1:58 PM 10/16/2014

National Journal had a good piece up yesterday about how Ebola makes conservatives more conservative. It was good because it tapped into an interesting, and likely true point -- but also, because it didn't take cheap shots.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) (L) greets President Barack Obama as he arrives aboard Air Force One at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, Wis., Sept. 1, 2014. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

Scott Walker’s Gay Marriage Evolution: What Explains It?

1:50 PM 10/15/2014

Like many Americans, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has softened on the issue of same-sex marriage. Going back to 2005, he was a staunch supporter of traditional marriage, and as recently as 2010, he reportedly "opposed a new state law that allows gay couples to register with counties to get certain benefits, such as hospital visitation rights." But his views have shifted.

Jonathan Fromm, New York member of Communion and Liberation, carries a cross on the Brooklyn Bridge during the 19th annual

Shouldn’t Liberals Defend Religious Liberty?

10:04 AM 10/15/2014

No matter where you stand on the issue of gay marriage, gay rights, etc., one would expect liberals, by definition, to be the most passionate defenders of religious liberty and free expression.

Mitch McConnell’s Latest TV Ad Is Targeted At Women [VIDEO]

8:32 AM 10/15/2014

Last week, I wrote about the surprising fact that Sen. Mitch McConnell is tied among women voters with Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Former President George W. Bush and former Texas Rangers pitching great Nolan Ryan look at the field before Game 1 of the Rangers against the New York Yankees in their Major League Baseball ALCS playoff series in Arlington, Texas, Oct. 15, 2010.
(REUTERS/Jeff Haynes)

Keith Olbermann: I’d Team With George W. Bush To Call Baseball Games

9:07 AM 10/14/2014

Keith Olbermann has been back in the news -- most recently with revelations he apologized to Bill Clinton for coverage of the Lewinsky scandal. He's also back on ESPN, where the commentator aroused controversy over a biting rant meant to put Derek Jeter's status as a Yankee in proper perspective. Love him or hate him, there's something about Olbermann that keeps earning him second chances. And the good news is, at 55, he appears to be maturing. At least, that's the sense one gets when reading his recent interview with Sports Illustrated.

Anti-abortion protesters march in front of the United States Supreme Court Jan. 22, marking the 23rd anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. (REUTERS)

Why Successful Movements Eventually Overreach

2:04 PM 10/13/2014

Over at Politico Magazine, my friend and Bloggingheads.TV sparring partner Bill Scher has stirred up some discussion and debate with a piece titled "How Republicans Lost the Culture War." While that's a clickable headline, he mostly focuses on politics and flawed tactics (though, in fairness, he mentions Will & Grace). But politics is downstream from culture, the culture has been moving leftward for years, and that's what matters most if you want to understand this phenomenon (for the backstory on how conservatives lost the culture war, read this).

Alison, I Know This World Is Killing You

9:50 AM 10/10/2014

There's a classic Simpsons episode called "Homer's Enemy" where we're introduced to a new Springfield Nuclear Power Plant co-worker named Frank Grimes. He resents Homer -- not only because Homer insists on calling him "Grimey" -- but also because he can't believe someone so inept and lazy as Homer could lead such a charmed life.

A model of the character Yoda from the Star Wars film series is seen during press day for the exhibition

Reagan’s Star Wars: The Force Was Strong With This One

4:33 PM 10/07/2014

Mashable Deputy Editor Chris Taylor's new book is titled How Star Wars Conquered the Universe, and it's not just a clever title. The franchise has long permeated every nook and cranny of popular culture.

A woman holds an anti-Republican sign in front of the News Corporation building as she takes part in the

The Moral Minority: Should Republicans Stop Preaching And Win?

12:00 PM 10/07/2014

Yesterday, I wrote about how the GOP is in the process of sawing off the social conservative leg of the three-legged stool. Today -- in the form of this quote from Republican strategist Alex Castellanos in Time -- I present Exhibit B:

U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) delivers remarks at the morning plenary session of the Values Voter Summit in Washington September 26, 2014.   REUTERS/Gary Cameron    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS RELIGION) - RTR47UQ1

The GOP’s Plan B: Throw Social Conservatives Under The Bus

11:04 AM 10/06/2014

Republicans don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.

The Man Who Cried ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

8:25 AM 10/06/2014

Want proof David Axelrod is an evil genius? On Morning Joe earlier today, I asked the former top Obama strategist whether or not the president's insouciance -- the fact that his administration downplays every crisis -- might contribute to the fact that the public no longer trusts him on serious issues like Ebola.

U.S. President Barack Obama touches the spiked hair style of a child while visiting the Clarence Tinker elementary school children while at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, September 17, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing   (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY EDUCATION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR46MLW

Conservatives And Libertarians: Let’s Stay Together (For The Kids)

11:17 AM 10/02/2014

The other week, I wrote about the growing libertarian-conservative divide -- and about how Sen. Rand Paul is hoping to be a bridge between the two.

An Iraqi Christian man from Mosul, who fled from violence in their country, reads a book at the Latin Patriarchate Church in Amman August 21, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have fled their homes since the militant Islamic State group swept through much of the north and west of Iraq in June, threatening to break up the country. (REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed)

Religious Intellectuals Debate: Should Christians Check Out Of Mainstream Society?

8:27 AM 10/02/2014

First Things magazine hosted a seminar of religious intellectuals the other day, and the American Conservative's Rod Dreher was on hand to document the conclave. A lot of ground was covered in this generally somber discussion, but this excerpt struck me as especially noteworthy:

Why Republicans Should Care Most About Obama’s Safety

12:04 PM 10/01/2014

Writing in The New York Times, Peter Baker notes Republican criticism of the Secret Service's security lapses, suggesting that "it would not be all that surprising if Mr. Obama were a little wary of all the professed sympathy." Yesterday, my friend Jimmy Williams, a liberal commentator, likewise tweeted that "All the gop outrage over the President's safety is a bit disingenuous."