Matt Lewis: Who am I? Why am I here?

Matt K. Lewis Senior Contributor
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I’m Matt Lewis — and this is my first blog post here at The Daily Caller.

If you don’t know me, a quick introduction is in order: I’m a huge Johnny Cash fan who absolutely hates long walks on the beach (you can read the rest here).

I’m excited to be at The DC for several reasons …

First — having had a few of them in my life — the concept of a “real” job scares the bejesus out of me.  As a musician friend once told me: “No matter how bad the gig, it still beats the hell out of getting up at 5 am and putting windows in someone’s house …”


That maxim also applies to writing gigs (though I think we’d agree this is a pretty good gig).  Why is it good?  As Mickey Kaus recently put it, “the people here seem to be actually having fun.”

What is more, as an iconoclastic conservative who regularly offends folks on the right and the left, the contrarian ethos proudly cultivated here at The DC seems a perfect fit for me.

I’m also here because, as a rule, I make it a policy to work wherever Mary Katharine Ham does.  This has served me well over the years.

Lastly, I am happy to be here because my previous place of business, Politics Daily, was just hit by Hurricane Arianna.  As a conservative, the notion of working for the HuffPost made me a bit uncomfortable. But my swift and principled stand may have also proved pragmatic.

Last week, my editor Carl Cannon (a gentleman and a scholar) left to join RealClearPolitics, and on Friday, PD’s Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger was laid off. My estimated time of survival after Carl and Melinda both departed would have been about the same as the life expectancy of a six-pack of Milwaukee’s Best Light at 5 o’clock on a Friday here at The DC.

This is all a very long way of saying I am excited to be here — and I look forward to your angry comments below.

Let’s have some fun!

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