Brian Tobin This week saw the return of Robert Downey Jr. to the screen, and of Brian Tobin to federal politics. On Monday, I just happened to watch Downey on Ally McBeal, Robert Downey Jr. immediately followed by Tobin on The National, and I was struck with how similar they are as characters: they both exude enthusiasm; they both make the other people in the room look better by their presence, filling up the room with their charisma. Forgetting the election (Tobin) and the drugs (Downey), they are both fantastic, electric people.