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.


They Waddled Into the Threshing Blades

Freshman Senator Ted Cruz of Texas was among dozens of Republican senators who attended a meeting yesterday with the president at the White House. Apparently, he decided to “confront” the president about his health care law. “I told the president exactly the same thing I have told you here today: That we need to work… Read more »

Now, That’s Conceited

I grew up in Princeton, New Jersey where “Yale Sucks” t-shirts were ubiquitous precisely because there was no argument that Harvard was the country’s premier university and the only debate was over which institution deserved the position of number two. Sometimes people would acknowledge that Stanford deserved a place in the debate, but I am… Read more »

Snooping on Associated Press Yields Results

Okay, so not only was John Brennan not the source of the leaks about the Yemeni attempt to bring down an airplane last year, but an ex-FBI agent interested in child pornography was the source. Not only that, but all the controversy that attended the revelation that the FBI had grabbed the logs on 20… Read more »

Government By Kludge

While reading Steven Teles’s long tome on kludgeocracy in National Affairs, I was reminded of what a Philadelphia congressman once told me in confidence. He told me that he favored the introduction of gambling in Pennsylvania because it is a painless way to raise revenue. The congressman told me this privately, and I was privately… Read more »

When Will Boehner Cave?

Jonathan Bernstein, at The American Prospect, tries to game out how the politics will unfold after a hypothetical government shutdown, but he ultimately decides that a shutdown is unlikely. Because we’re dealing with both a potential shutdown and a crisis over raising the debt ceiling, I think we need to consider this as a package… Read more »