Martin Longman

Martin Longman is the web editor of the Washington Monthly.

He is also the founder Progress Pond where you can find all his writing. Before joining the Monthly, Martin was a county coordinator for ACORN/Project Vote and a political consultant. He has a degree in philosophy from Western Michigan University.


NRA Endorses McConnell, Who Still Won’t Answer Questions About Guns

Despite the fact that he won’t tell anyone whether or not he even owns a gun, the National Rifle Association has just endorsed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in his primary against Matt Bevin. The Gun Owners of America endorsed Bevin. Meanwhile, McConnell’s likely Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, decided the whole things was worthy… Read more »

Grading John Paul Stevens’ Work

As the gun nuts will surely point out, former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens doesn’t know how to distinguish automatic from semi-automatic firearms. I’ve never understood why this distinction is so important to gun nuts. As a legal matter, obviously it is important to know the difference. But the reason that non-gun enthusiasts make… Read more »

Former Enhanced Interrogator is Haunted

Eric Fair was an Arabic linguist in the U.S. Army from 1995 to 2000 and then, in 2004, he worked as a contract interrogator in Iraq. He remains haunted by what he did there. In April 2004 I was stationed at a detention facility in Fallujah. Inside the detention facility was an office. Inside the… Read more »

Burwell’s Confirmation Will Be a Boring Circus

I anticipated the Wall Street Journal’s response to the nomination of Sylvia Burwell to head the Department of Health & Human Services when I sarcastically remarked that Senate Republicans would “surely give her a fair and dignified hearing.” The Journal sent a blast across Burwell’s bow this morning, urging the Republicans to use her confirmation… Read more »