Michael Tomasky

Michael Tomasky is the American editor-at-large of the Guardian (UK). He was executive editor of the Prospect from 2003 to 2006.

Recent Articles

Their Vote Counts

We all know of circumstances in life when apologies don't really count for much. A shattering lie, a gross infidelity, an act of obvious immorality -- these things, among friends and lovers, are at best partially salved by an "I'm sorry," even a heartfelt one. The real healing requires time, usually lots of it, a capacious empathy on the part of the aggrieved party, and maybe roses or poetry.

This Dog Won't Wag

Put aside completely the merits of starting a war with Iran, which is easy to do since there are none. Does the White House really believe that it can help itself politically by doing this? Do the people who have alienated this country and decimated another actually think that they can get away with this -- that the natural order would assert itself, and that the people would respond in the usual rallying way if the president went on prime-time television to announce the commencement of air strikes?


HELP! Maybe somebody has a suggestion here for a technodoofus such as myself. I can�t watch videos on my home computer. They start to download, but the typical experience is that if a YouTube clip is, say, 4:16 seconds, the little bar that tells you how much of the clip has downloaded gets about one-third of the way across the screen and stops, and so with very rare exceptions I can�t ever see more than about 1:30 of any video clip. A call to my ISP was other-than-fruitful; the person told me I already had their fastest broadband stuff.

Has anyone out there successfully stared down this problem? Many thanks.

--Michael Tomasky


MANNING -- IT FIGURES. I knew I wasn�t crazy about Peyton Manning. To me, he�s a great 1980s quarterback -- a classic pocket passer with zero mobility who, if he has to run, looks like he�s carrying a beach chair on his back. He�s been very lucky to have a great offensive line that minimizes the number of hurries and sacks, because if he were playing behind five second-raters, he�d be only above average, or perhaps lost to injury every year by Week 9. To me, that�s always been reason enough to cheer against him in the big games.


GREAT PIECE ALERT. Check out this terrific Guardian scoop on AEI offering scientists $10,000 to produce studies refuting the UN global warming report. AEI has received, the article also notes (while not specifying a time period), $1.6 million from Exxon-Mobil. This, on the same day the Times reports that Exxon reported record profits again -- $39.5 billion-with-a-b in 2006.

--Michael Tomasky