Author: Lisa Kramer

Lisa Kramer is a contributing contributor at The League of Ordinary Gentlemen.
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Zeal of a Convert

I mentioned a month or so ago that since my engagement, I’ve sort of re-channeled the views I usually apply to politics into everyday living.  “Re-channeled” might be a bit much – I can...

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Obama’s pep talk

From the SOTU: Many people watching tonight can probably remember a time when finding a good job meant showing up at a nearby factory or a business downtown. You didn’t always need a degree,...

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Luxury has progressed: the rise of the global elite

I want to comment on this month’s Atlantic Monthly piece by Chrystia Freeland, “The Rise of the New Global Elite,” but before I get to that, I thought it might make for nice companion...

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Some thoughts on Obama’s memorial service remarks

About halfway through Obama’s speech on Wednesday – I think it was just after he used the phrase “moral imagination” – I turned to my fiancé and said, “You think Palin is thinking, ‘wow,...

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Fightin’ Ted Strickland

Outgoing Ohio Governor Ted Strickland was one of my favorite elected officials to lose office last month.  And I loved 95% of his comments in an interview he gave to Sam Stein today. From...

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The Class of ’06

There are some good things to be said about absorbing periodic electoral “shellackings.”  For one thing, it gives the shellacked party an opportunity to reflect a bit, to let internal battles sort themselves out,...

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Everybody loves Cheerios

I’m always drawn to these kinds of studies, even though they’re never really insightful. This one mainly backs up what everyone already knows about geography and age demographics among partisans (is it really any...

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More thoughts on Lind’s Neo-Jacksonians

Image via Wikipedia I apologize in advance for the liberal use of quotes in this post, but I wanted to add a few thoughts on the Lind piece I linked to yesterday.  Lind makes...

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Neo-Jacksonians

I’ll probably have more thoughts on this later, but for now, just wanted to link to today’s Michael Lind piece.  It’s a good work overall, but I would point out the only political figure...

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And did you know their state bird is the cardinal?

I don’t mean to pull a Colbert-style “Better Know a State” here, but I’m a little surprised by how under-the-radar this West Virginia Senate race has been.  Figured a bit of background was useful...

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The day I found common ground with Michael Gerson

It’s not often that I find myself in agreement with Michael Gerson, but I thought there was some truth in his column today.  He starts off quoting Obama: “Part of the reason that our...

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Questioning educational patriotism

I’m a bit late to the great education debate, which is unfortunate because I did have a few thoughts on it.  My own take isn’t really connected to the need to create a more...

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“Liberalism is elitism”

First, many thanks to Will for spotting this article and passing it along my way.  It’s one of the better articles I’ve read in some time. Hogeland’s main point – that liberalism has almost...

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Class/Cultural reactions to the tea party

I’ve been out of the loop a bit these past couple weeks, helping out peripherally on a local primary race, and afterward just needing a few days to kind of process some thoughts without...

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Rule of Three

This poll analysis confirms a lot of things that have been fairly obvious for quite some time: 1) young voters are liberal on social issues and lack a go-to ideology on economic issues; 2)...

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Fun campaign lists

Complete change of topic… Like many people, summers blunt my level of attention to day to day political news.  But now it’s September – just a few days from Labor Day – and the...

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Liberaltarian Envy

I’m fascinated by the liberaltarian conversations here and elsewhere and, as an outsider, more than a little bit jealous.  Whether or not the potential movement will be realized in the short term is still...

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