Mike Tomasky

Let Team Romney BS You About Nevada, Just Not About Tax Cuts
October 26, 2012

What should liberals be freaking out about? Herewith, a guide.

Ohio Vs. Virginia: A False Choice?
November 22, 2011

Earlier this month, after Ohio voters roundly rejected Gov. John Kasich's attempt to eviscerate public employee unions, I mused on the result's implications for the Obama re-election campaign. Despite signalling their intent to hang onto the 2008 pickups of Virginia, North Carolina and Colorado -- home of disproportionate numbers of minority and young voters and college-educated professionals -- would the Obama team actually be better off focusing on holding onto blue-collar voters in the Rust Belt, and Ohio in particular? In the weeks since, a healthy debate has sprung up on this front.

Democrat Self-Destruct Sequence, 5, 4, 3, 2...
July 28, 2010

First the good news: Via The Hill, Democratic leaders are thinking seriously about reforming the filibuster: Democratic leaders in both the House and Senate are pushing for filibuster reform at the start of the new Congress next year. And now the bad news:  Five Senate Democrats have said they will not support a lowering of the 60-vote bar necessary to pass legislation. Another four lawmakers say they are wary about such a change and would be hesitant to support it.

Best of the Web, PM Edition
June 11, 2010

Mike Tomasky doesn't like soccer And Jon Chait is filled with even more rage Zonal Marking's summaries of South Africa-Mexico and Uruguay-France Tshabalala's resume Maradona can still kick a ball pretty well The psychology of excitement at the World Cup The Freakonomics guys talk about soccer Tim Vickery: Lights, camera, action

Daily Treatment, Thinking Aloud Edition
October 14, 2009

Editor's Note: A few months ago, I started posting a daily list of articles worth reading--and then dropped it. It still seems like a good idea, though, so I'm starting it up again. Mike Tomasky thinks "reform looks to have the votes to pass" but warns "[t]here will be heart-attack moments between now and passage." Ezra Klein thinks Ron Wyden made some progress on his free choice amendment. Merrill Goozner thinks we shouldn't be so enamored of high-tech medicine. Marc Ambinder thinks the health insurance lobby really blew it with that PriceWaterhouseCoopers study...

What Makes Dogs Blue?
July 29, 2009

Ed Kilgore is managing editor of The Democratic Strategist, a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, and a frequent contributor to a variety of political journals.  While Jonathan Chait is definitely right that much of the difficulty with House Blue Dog Democrats on health reform (like climate change) has had to do with the legislative timing, there is still a residual question about their generally reluctant position towards much of the Obama agenda.

The Trouble With Rudy
April 13, 2007

Mike Tomasky has an extremely good piece on Rudy Giuliani over at The American Prospect. Tomasky does a first-rate job of showing that the former mayor is (shall we hint?) a cruel and not-so-nice fellow. But the article is especially notable for making the most convincing case yet that Giuliani's core convictions are either malleable (pardon the oxymoron) or nonexistent. And, as Tomasky notes, this is none-too-comforting given his authoritarian tendencies and the internal GOP pressures he is sure to face.