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.

Mental Illness Alone Can’t Explain Santa Barbara Massacre

I am willing to grant Rich Lowry that the primary cause of the Santa Barbara massacre was the mental illness of the perpetrator. But I think it’s unsupportable to argue that his mental illness explains everything and that cultural messages had no influence whatsoever. In this case, the murderer helpfully explained the source of his… Read more »

This is Not Leadership

This is Exhibit A on why this country is quickly being turned into an Idiocracy by the GOP: House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that he’s “not qualified to debate the science over climate change” while slamming the Obama Administration proposed plans to deal with rising global temperatures. “Listen, I’m not qualified to debate the… Read more »

Is That Horrible Man Speaking Again?

It’s an enduring stain on the reputation and standing of our country that nothing that Dick Cheney did as vice-president has been deemed a crime worthy of prosecution. As Charles Pierce pointed out yesterday, the war in Afghanistan alone has cost “2232 Americans killed, 20,000 local civilians killed, $10.1 million dollars an hour.” To have… Read more »

As Goes New York, So Goes the Nation

Alec MacGillis helpfully explains that: …New York is one of only a handful [of states] in the country with “fusion” laws that allow a candidate to appear on the ballot on the line of more than one political party. This means that a third party can seek to influence one of the two major parties… Read more »