Matt K. Lewis
Matt K. Lewis
Senior Contributor

Rooting For His Success

Barack Obama meets with Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

I've always thought President-elect Donald Trump had at least a shot to win the General Election (as this video from way back on May 4, 2016 demonstrates). I also always thought he had a chance of being a very good president. It's just that there was a huge range; Trump was always a high-risk, high-reward gamble that I wasn't willing to take.

Why We Blew It

10:48 AM 11/10/2016

As I said on Election Day, I think my knowledge of the history of modern electoral politics makes me more skeptical of seemingly fantastical scenarios where, say, a Republican wins Pennsylvania or Michigan. Being an "insider" can sometimes be a curse. Wisdom is good, but conventional wisdom is bad. But know this: Every year I have people (typically someone running for U.S. Senate or Congress) come to me and tell me they are going to do the impossible; they are going to pull off some miracle. And I'm just too stupid or cloistered to see it. And you know what? They end up going down in flames 99 times out of 100.

A supporter celebrates as returns come in for Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump during an election night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 8, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Trump Wins!: Some Immediate Thoughts

2:48 AM 11/09/2016

A few weeks ago, I traveled to Wisconsin and spoke about the campaign. I told the audience that there were only two scenarios where I could envision a Donald Trump win: The first was a huge October surprise, and the second was Donald Trump stringing together a couple of weeks without going off script. Amazingly, both came to fruition. Trump closed the election in arguably his strongest position of the entire campaign.

Not With Her. Or Him.

7:41 AM 11/07/2016

As I prophesied back in August, I won't be voting on Tuesday. This is a first for me, and while I see it as a legitimate form of passive resistance (or, at least, a defensible decision—all things considered), it is one of the least popular stances I have taken thus far in my career.

My Much Anticipated Electoral Predictions

9:03 AM 11/04/2016

It's that time of year where we take our best stab at guessing what will happen. (Admission: In politics, as in sports, nobody ever really knows what will happen.)

Happy Halloween party with children trick or treating
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To Discover Your Purpose, Revisit Your Childhood

1:24 PM 11/02/2016

With less than a week to go before this election season is mercifully over, I thought I would provide some counter programming and talk about something more hopeful. As regular readers know, I'm a fan of podcasts, and I recently stumbled across a simple (yet profound) way to help discover your life's calling.

James Comey, Screen Grab CSPAN3, 7-7-2016

Network Coverage Focuses On Comey, Not Clinton

12:48 PM 11/01/2016

A study conducted by the Media Research Center found that legacy TV networks are attacking FBI Director James Comey over Hillary Clinton at a ratio of 3-to-1:

Momoko Toyotake tries to use Apple's new iPhone 7 (R) and 7 Plus after they went on sale at the Apple Store at Tokyo's Omotesando shopping district, Japan, September 16, 2016.    REUTERS/Issei Kato

Serious Question: Can ‘Checks And Balances’ Survive The Smart Phone?

9:24 AM 10/31/2016

If FBI Director James Comey's "October surprise" has any electoral fallout, it is more likely to be in U.S. Senate races than in the presidential race. For one thing, this scandal buttresses their message; several vulnerable Republican Senate candidates have already essentially conceded a Trump defeat, and they have enacted a triage strategy of arguing that a Republican Senate is vital to provide checks and balances against "crooked Hillary."

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during the annual VTB Capital

Gary Kasparov: Russia Might Infiltrate Voter Registration Databases

9:42 AM 10/28/2016

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a piece titled: "Danger: What If Russia Helps Trigger A ‘Rigged’ Election Scare?" In it, cyber security expert Igor Volovich warned that "The erosion of democratic institutions is [Putin's] true objective."

Believers take part in a weekend mass at an underground Catholic church in Tianjin November 10, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo

How We Cover Religious People

10:41 AM 10/25/2016

Regular readers of this space will know that I am fascinated by the topic of media bias. And the most interesting kind is not obvious or even intentional. For example, a reporter might approach an individual story objectively—but the real bias already occurred upstream, when the decision was made regarding which story to cover. This is called selection bias.

Freshman members of the incoming U.S. 114th Congress Mia Love (R-UT) (L) and Barbara Comstock (R-VA) huddle together in freezing temperatures after participating in a class photo on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington in a November 18, 2014 file photo.  REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Barbara Comstock Fights For Her Political Life In Anti-Trump District

4:02 PM 10/24/2016

It's not every day that the Washington Post and National Review endorse the same candidate, but, then again, 2016 isn't your average year.

Eleanor Roosevelt is pictured on Fifth Avenue in New York in this December 20, 1940 handout photo from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum. (REUTERS/ Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum/Handout via Reuters)

Author: Eleanor Roosevelt’s Love Affair With A Female Journalist Was Covered Up

10:20 AM 10/21/2016

For years, I have heard rumors that Eleanor Roosevelt carried on a lesbian relationship. I think there's even a rather crude joke about it on HBO's "Veep." But I had no idea there was written evidence until I received Susan Quinn's book from Penguin Press, titled Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady.

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton talks to the media inside of her campaign plane after the third and final 2016 presidential campaign debate in North Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

All Over But The Shouting

12:22 PM 10/20/2016

My immediate take on last night's debate can be found here, but I wanted to add a couple of quick insights.

A man protests with a Donald Trump pinata in a trash can outside the Luxe Hotel, where Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was expected to speak in Brentwood, Los Angeles, July 10, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Why Would Liberal Agitators Incite Violence At Trump Rallies? (Hint: To Help Donald Trump Win)

7:06 AM 10/19/2016

In the wake of James O'Keefe's latest video, a Democratic operative is "stepping back" from his role helping the Hillary Clinton campaign. As CNN notes, an edited video suggests the operative "and other staffers hired people to attend Donald Trump's campaign rallies and incite violence."

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a Bollywood-themed charity concert put on by the Republican Hindu Coalition in Edison, New Jersey, U.S. October 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Danger: What If Russia Helps Trigger A ‘Rigged’ Election Scare?

10:40 AM 10/17/2016

Like every other responsible citizen, I'm concerned about Donald Trump's preemptive declaration that the election is rigged. Odds are that nothing will come from this, but I believe he is playing with fire (and the American people are the ones who will be scorched).

Pat Buchanan Supports Trump's Backing Out Of Fox News Debate [images via Getty]

A Populism We Can Live With

10:53 AM 10/14/2016

In his Friday column, Matthew Continetti notes that paroxysms of populism are cyclical and that economic growth is the cure. He's correct, but there's no guarantee that will happen.

Supporters of Donald Trump dance at a campaign rally in Ocala, Florida. REUTERS/Mike Segar

When Character Was King

11:09 AM 10/13/2016

In 1998, Dr. James Dobson was stunned by the public's ability to "rationalize" Bill Clinton's behavior. In a public letter, he lamented the fact that as long as Clinton did a good job in office, many Americans felt that "it’s nobody’s business what he does with his personal life.”

Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump holds up signs at the end of a campaign rally in Lakeland, Florida, U.S., October 12, 2016.   REUTERS/Mike Segar

Trump Fights Authority (Authority Always Wins)

10:14 AM 10/13/2016

I'm accumulating a growing list of "lessons learned" from the Donald Trump campaign, and here's one sure to make the top ten: The mainstream media still matters.

Singer Beyonce performs at the Staples Center on July 13, 2009 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Donald Trump Is Downstream From Beyoncé

8:34 AM 10/11/2016

The internets are having a good laugh at a Trump supporter who is calling Beyoncé fan Hillary Clinton hypocritical for criticizing Donald Trump's sexually aggressive rhetoric.

Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump listens as Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during their presidential town hall debate with at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., October 9, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

The Difference Between Strategy And Tactics

11:37 AM 10/10/2016

Over at the Weekly Standard, Jonathan V. Last makes the observation that "Trump is all tactics and no strategy. Clinton is all strategy and no tactics." This, I think, is spot-on. And, as James Carville and Paul Begala wrote in their book Buck Up, Suck Up...and Come Back When You Foul Up, "Strategy is hard. Tactics are easy."