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.

Why They’re the Redskins

I haven’t paid a whole lot of attention to the debate over the nickname of Washington’s National Football League franchise. I grew up as a New York Giants fan, and playing cowboys and redskins went right along with playing eagles. I never knew why the Washington team was called the Redskins, although it did occur… Read more »

Science is Their Enemy

We all know that unlike, say, Rep. Rush Holt of New Jersey, Senator Marco Rubio, Governor Rick Scott, and Speaker John Boehner are not scientists. They don’t claim to be scientists. But we wish that they had at least stayed in a Holiday Inn Express last night. That way, perhaps they would be able to… Read more »

Joni Ernst Doesn’t Do Sensitivity

Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst got some national notoriety by talking about castrating hogs, but the candidate for Tom Harkin’s senate seat is taking heat now for an advertisement she is running in which she points a gun directly at the viewer while a narrator promises that she will “unload” on ObamaCare. In a recent… Read more »

Shinseki Steps Down

Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs Eric Shinseki fought for his job until the end, but ultimately had to fall on his sword. Probably most fatal was his initial effort to portray the wait-time scandal as isolated in Phoenix. When the Inspector General report revealed that the problem was systemic, it pulled the rug out from Shinseki… Read more »

Gov. Beshear Slams McConnell

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has a way of talking about the Affordable Care Act in a common sense manner that is hard to dispute. He’s been unflinching in his defense of the law and the good it is doing for his constituents, even in the face of widespread disapproval in his state for the president… Read more »