"I encourage people to use the Leadership Institute as a way to network within conservative circles and a way to enhance their leadership skills. I always recommend LI's employment placement service to people searching for a job on Capitol Hill."
"Thanks to you (Morton) and everyone who has served on your staff. There are countless conservatives making a difference in public policy across the country. As one of your earliest students, I know firsthand what a wonderful foundation the Leadership Institute's education provides for someone involved in public service"
Matt Lewis is a senior columnist at The Daily Beast, a CNN political commentator, and the author of Too Dumb to Fail: How the GOP Betrayed the Reagan Revolution to Win Elections (And How It Can Reclaim Its Conservative Roots). He also co-hosts The DMZshow on Bloggingheads.TV.
Matt's work has appeared in outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, GQ, The Washington Post, The Week, Roll Call, Politico, The Telegraph, The Independent, and The Guardian— and he has been quoted or cited by major media outlets including New York Magazine, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Associated Press.
Over the years, Matt has provided political commentary on C-SPAN, PBS NewsHour, ABC's “Nightline,” HBO's “Real Time with Bill Maher,” and CBS News' “Face The Nation.” He has appeared on numerous radio outlets like NPR and the BBC, and on various podcasts such as “The Adam Carolla Show.” (And who could forget his mention on ESPN's “The Tony Kornheiser Show”?)
Previously, Matt served as senior contributor for The Daily Caller, and before that, as a columnist for AOL's Politics Daily.
He is also the editor of the book, The Quotable Rogue: The Ideals of Sarah Palin In Her Own Words.
Matt grew up in Frederick County, Maryland, and graduated from Shepherd College (now University) in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.