Michael Tomasky

US tragedy has been coming for a long time

The shooting of Gabrielle Giffords may lead to the temporary hibernation of right-wing rage, but it is encoded in conservative DNA.

The battle is won, but the war isn’t

Republicans will be out to sabotage the Healthcare Bill while Obama tries to heal the bipartisan rift.

Obama must show us what he’s learned from his mistakes

He spent a year trying to do things co-operatively. Now he must take more charge and not let Congress call the shots.

The old Kennedy flame goes out

Ted Kennedy left his imprint on more legislation than any other senator. His death marks the end of an era in United Statespolitics.

Republicans insanely out of balance and all set to fail

The conservatives who now dominate the party of the American right may come to rue losing their moderate wing.

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.

For now, the highest-value chip is in Obama’s pile

Everybody's nervous as hell in these tough times, so the president-elect is banking on us letting him get on and fix things.

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.

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 best of times, the worst of times — and the silliest

''I wish you would make up your mind, Mr Dickens. Was it the best of times or was it the worst of times? It could scarcely have been both.''

McCain feeds dark heart of conservatism

There is an ugliness and menace voiced at John McCain's rallies that he doesn't just tolerate but encourages, writes Michael Tomasky.

The Republicans have lifted the lid off their rightwing id

Republicans have race-baited in one form or other in most of our presidential contests since Richard Nixon's time.

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