The GOP Betrayed the Reagan Revolution to Win Elections (It Can Reclaim Its Conservative Roots)

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Published on Jun 1, 2020

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Matt Lewis is a political writer, blogger, podcaster, and columnist for The Daily Beast, formerly with The Daily Caller, and has written for The Week.[1] He has also appeared on CNN as a political commentator.[1]

Lewis was raised in Myersville, Maryland. He was educated at Middletown High School, a public high school in Middletown, Maryland, followed by Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia and is based in Alexandria, Virginia.[2]

As a writer, Lewis has contributed to,[3][4] AOL’s,[5] Human Events and The Daily Caller.[6] In his early career, Lewis served as director of grassroots for the Leadership Institute, a nonprofit conservative training organization,[7] for which he organized and led workshops around the United States.[8]

In March 2007, Lewis was one of two bloggers invited on John McCain’s campaign tour bus on a visit to New Hampshire for an interview with the candidate.[9] That September, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich acknowledged in an interview with Lewis that he was considering a presidential run.[10] Lewis is the editor of The Quotable Rogue: The Ideals of Sarah Palin in Her Own Words, published in 2011.[11]

Lewis was selected as a “Rising Star of Politics” by Politics Magazine in 2002[12] and by the American Conservative Union as “Blogger of the Year” in 2012.[13]

Lewis’ book Too Dumb to Fail: How the GOP Betrayed the Reagan Revolution to Win Elections (and How It Can Reclaim Its Conservative Roots) was published in January 2016, receiving attention from The New York Times,[14] The Weekly Standard,[15] and other publications.[16]

Lewis is a frequent commentator on cable television and radio who has appeared as a political commentator “from the right” for CNN in 2016,[17] and has appeared multiple times on Real Time with Bill Maher.[18][19] Since February 2009, he has represented the conservative viewpoint on’s weekly discussion of U.S. politics, opposite Bill Scher.[2

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