Straight Talk on Twisty Subjects with Matt Lewis
I first started reading Matt Lewis’ posts when he was a blogger for Townhall. There weren’t many in the conservative movement yet. In fact, they may have called themselves “webloggers” back then.
After his time at Townhall, Lewis was a columnist for AOL’s Politics Daily. He is now a senior contributor at the Daily Caller and is a frequent guest on MSNBC and Fox News. Tucker Carlson, founder of the Daily Caller, told me, “Matt’s one of the best hires we’ve ever made. He’s smart, thoroughly decent, a ferocious worker, and he’s got sources under every rock and bush in Washington. I learn something from him every morning in our meeting. I hope he stays forever.”
Lewis’ podcast and columns have a good following among activists and policy makers. Past interviewees include Ann Coulter, Herman Cain, Ben Shapiro, Andrew Breitbart, Dana Perino, among many others. Texas Gov. Rick Perry said, “Matt Lewis is a conservative provocateur and has an easy way of making complicated issues understandable and leaving the D.C. jargon off the table. Matt’s projects always make you think, reflect and act.”
Lewis is the editor of the new book, The Quotable Rogue: The Ideals of Sarah Palin in Her Own Words. The book organizes Palin’s writings and speeches into topics such as education, abortion, civil rights, economics, foreign policy, among many other subjects. Reading this book, it becomes obvious that reporters who claim Palin doesn’t have a solid foundation on the issues have their own agenda. “Sarah Palin drives the Left crazy and makes many of the Republicans who collaborated with Democrats to destroy our fiscal well-being duck and cover,” said Erick Erickson of RedState. “Matt Lewis captures, through Sarah Palin’s own words, her wit, wisdom, and basic sense that America remains the last best hope for mankind.”
1. If there were a television channel that only showed one movie over and over, what movie should it be?
LEWIS: Road House
2. What’s one of your favorite movie quotes?
LEWIS: “You’re young and you got your health, what you want with a job?”—Raising Arizona
3. In A Clockwork Orange, Malcolm McDowell is strapped in with his eyes propped open and forced to watch images until he is “cured.” If you could give President Obama, the “Clockwork Orange treatment,” what movie would you make him watch?
LEWIS: Doctor Zhivago. It’s impossible for one to be a redistributionist after watching it.
4. What pop culture souvenir do you own that people would be surprised to learn that you cherish?
LEWIS: I don’t believe in cherishing pop culture souvenirs.
5. What’s your current “guilty pleasure” non-news television show?
LEWIS: Anything with Kardashians.
6. What canceled TV show would you put back on the air?
LEWIS: “Arrested Development.”
7. What is your favorite home-cooked meal?
LEWIS: I don’t know about “home-cooked,” but being from Maryland, I love me some blue crabs and beer.
8. What was the first rock concert you ever attended and where did you sit and who went with you?
LEWIS: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. A few high school buddies and I went during the “Into The Great Wide Open” tour. This was at the old Capital Centre in Landover, Md.
9. What books are on your summer reading list?
LEWIS: The entire Chuck Klosterman oeuvre.
10. What’s the coolest thing you’ve been able to do because of your role in the politics?
LEWIS: Trick my parents and extended family into believing I’m a minor celebrity.
11. If Republicans and Democrats had theme songs for 2011, what would they be?
LEWIS: In both cases, “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”
12. Tell me about the moment you decided to enter the political arena.
LEWIS: I was managing a fast-food restaurant in Frederick, Md. My girlfriend had just broken up with me. (Having nothing to lose can be liberating.)