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.


It’s the Foreign Policy, Stupid

Dan Balz talks about a potential presidential run by Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont in today’s Washington Post. Some people believe Sanders has little to lose in such a campaign. Perhaps. When asked if he is concerned about the prospect of [Hillary] Clinton claiming the nomination without being challenged, he said, “It’s not just acclamation… Read more »

Former HUD Secretaries Make an Impressive List

With news that San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro may soon be nominated as the next Secretary of Housing & Urban Affairs (HUD), I decided to take a look at a list of previous secretaries. It may be a non-prestigious cabinet post (ranking 13th in the presidential line of succession) but it sure has an impressive… Read more »

They Will Not Be Mollified

I noted on Sunday that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor had not only been booed in his home district, but his ally had been ousted as the chairman of the 7th District Republican Committee. Clearly, the natives are getting restless. Jenna Portnoy and Robert Costa think that Cantor’s primary challenger, Prof. David Brat, is gaining… Read more »

The Generic Ballot Poll is Useless for Senate Elections

Chris Cillizza makes some good points about the differences between House and Senate races and why the generic ballot poll isn’t a very reliable barometer for predicting how the Senate elections will turn out. But he misses something that people really ought to keep in mind. It’s well known that the Democrats have a hard… Read more »

Total Lack of Focus for Benghazi Committee

If the ostensible casus belli for creating a House Select Committee to investigate the attacks of September 11, 2012 in Benghazi, Libya is the belated disclosure of a White House memo detailing talking points for Ambassador Susan Rice, then why is the focus of the committee going to be on the reasons why we had… Read more »