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.


Senate Intel Committee’s Findings on Torture Leak

Given the recent acrimony between the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and given the obvious conflict of interest the CIA has in being responsible for the declassification of the the SSCI report on torture, I strongly suspected that someone would leak the full findings of the report in… Read more »

How to Assess ObamaCare’s Role in the Midterms

Since Easter is almost upon us, I guess it is a good time to talk about the wisdom of putting all your eggs in one basket or, alternatively, the wisdom of trying to make the midterm elections a referendum on ObamaCare. But, before I get to that, I want to briefly discuss my philosophy of… Read more »

Sebelius is Out, Burwell is In

Assuming she can survive what is likely to be a confirmation hearing circus, OMB Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell will soon replace Kathleen Sebelius as the Secretary of Health & Human Services, with responsibility for further implementing the Affordable Care Act. The White House insists that Sebelius submitted her resignation without any prompting, which is likely… Read more »

The Iraq War and Torture Were Not Political Positions

I want you to notice something. Take a look at Charles C.W. Cooke’s argument against boycotting Dropbox because it has put Condoleeza Rice on their Board of Directors: Apparently, Rice can’t serve on a board because Dropbox has a “commitment to freedom, openness, and ethics” and Rice ”helped start the Iraq War,” “was involved in… Read more »