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Matt Lewis

Too Dumb Too Fail

How the GOP Betrayed the Reagan Revolution to Win Elections

Hachette Books 2016

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Matt Lewis is the author of Too Dumb Too Fail: How the GOP Betrayed the Reagan Revolution to Win Elections (And How it Can...

Matt Lewis is the author of Too Dumb Too Fail: How the GOP Betrayed the Reagan Revolution to Win Elections (And How it Can Reclaim its Conservative Roots) (Hachette Books, 2016). Matt Lewis is a Senior Contributor at The Daily Caller, a CNN Political Commentator.

Clever book titles are hard to find, especially ones that are going to draw a crowd. Lewis has succeeded in drawing a large crowd to his title and the argument of his interesting new book. He traces an intellectual history of conservatism, highlighting many of the well-known, as well as lesser-known figures. Of late, Lewis argues, a variety of factors have produced a strong anti-intellectual strain within conservative politics. He ends the book with recommendations for ways that conservative politics can move beyond this period of dumbing-down.