Author: Lisa Kramer

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

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...

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,...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

“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...

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...

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)...

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...

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...

From the land of pleasant living…

My favorite spot to view him is standing by the Pagoda looking East over Patterson Park at night.  There, staring back is the neon face of a smiling, mustached, one-eyed man – often mistaken...