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Michael Tomasky

Michael Tomasky

    US tragedy has been coming for a long time
    US tragedy has been coming for a long time
    It was instructive to read elected Republicans' official statements in response to the Gabrielle Giffords shooting for what they did not say. The...
    The battle is won, but the war isn't
    The battle is won, but the war isn't
    Barack Obama took office promising a new age of bipartisanship. And he tried. But then push came to shove, and two things dawned on him. First,...
    Obama must show us what he's learned from his mistakes
    Obama must show us what he's learned from his mistakes
    A few days from now, on January 20, Barack Obama will start his second year on the job. When he shaves that morning, he might well look at that...
    The old Kennedy flame goes out
    The old Kennedy flame goes out
    One would be hard pressed to say that Ted Kennedy's death was a more bitter pill for the country than the deaths of his brothers before him --...
    Republicans insanely out of balance and all set to fail
    Republicans insanely out of balance and all set to fail
    Michael Steele, the new chairperson of the Republican party, is surely setting some sort of land speed record for public-relations disaster....
    Be happy, worried liberals. Obama's bill is a triumph
    Be happy, worried liberals. Obama's bill is a triumph
    Well, it's already happened. Barely two weeks into the job and President Barack Obama has compromised fundamental principles, timorously caved in...
    For now, the highest-value chip is in Obama's pile
    For now, the highest-value chip is in Obama's pile
    The Obama transition is officially no longer "flawless", to use the word often invoked from the day after the election until just before Christmas....
    Welcome to America's hall of shame
    Welcome to America's hall of shame
    In at least one obvious way, 2008 was a pretty good year in my country. We made history in electing an African-American president. I and 67-million...
    It's OK: Obama can care for poor kids as well as his own
    It's OK: Obama can care for poor kids as well as his own
    Of all the charges hurled at liberalism in America since the 1970s, few have proven as potent as the allegation of "liberal hypocrisy". The typical...
    The best of times, the worst of times -- and the silliest
    The best of times, the worst of times -- and the silliest
    One of the most famous New Yorker cartoons of all time shows two men in 19th-century garb, one sitting behind a desk and clearly a boss of...
    McCain feeds dark heart of conservatism
    McCain feeds dark heart of conservatism
    It built up over the course of last week, as supporters at the rallies of John McCain and Sarah Palin started randomly screaming "terrorist!" and...
    The Republicans have lifted the lid off their rightwing id
    The Republicans have lifted the lid off their rightwing id
    A year or two ago, if you'd told me that Barack Obama would be leading John McCain by a seemingly comfortable margin with two weeks to go and asked...