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.

An Actually Weak President

When Dick Cheney appeared at American University on March 28th, students protested outside Bender Arena, including the student government’s comptroller, who stated that he had voted against allowing Cheney to appear and had so far refused to sign a check compensating the former vice-president for his appearance. The protesters brought enough attention to the issue… Read more »

Daylight Video

I spent the last week listening to Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball album on a loop. There are worse fates.

Boehner and Cantor Ram Home Unpaid-For Doc-Fix

Rep. John Dingell has been serving Michigan in the House of Representatives since 1955, but he says he has never seen anything more comical in all those years than the stunt the House Republican leadership pulled today. In a piece at Ten Miles Square, former Houston Mayor Bill White anticipated that the House leadership would… Read more »

What It Takes To Be An Effective Senator

No one can dispute that Congress is broken. The Senate has been particularly dysfunctional in recent years. In the House, at least, a majority can pass bills. But, even now, there are issues that don’t fit into the red/blue framework, where senators of good will can work across the aisle to find common ground. When… Read more »

When Good Journalism Leads to Better Policy

The May/June 2013 issue of the Washington Monthly featured an article by John Carlos Frey on the frequency with which U.S. Border Patrol agents were using their weapons, including several incidents where they shot into Mexico and killed innocent civilians on the other side of the border. Mr. Frey also wrote articles on this controversy… Read more »