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.

Preoccupied With Ukraine

I’m having some trouble focusing on anything other than the turmoil in Ukraine, considering it has at least the potential to spin out of control and lead places we don’t even want to contemplate. In times like these I am grateful to have a very level-headed and studious president, because one alternative was John McCain…. Read more »

Douthat’s Strange View of Marriage

Ross Douthat is a strange dude: IT now seems certain that before too many years elapse, the Supreme Court will be forced to acknowledge the logic of its own jurisprudence on same-sex marriage and redefine marriage to include gay couples in all 50 states. Once this happens, the national debate essentially will be finished, but… Read more »

The Progressives’ Image Problem

It’s fascinating to read Nikita Stewart’s write-up on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s hiring practices. On an informational level, the article is thorough and enlightening. Mayor de Blasio is creating a very progressive city government filled with people he feels are ideologically aligned with him. He tends to pick the people he wants… Read more »

On Russia, Are We Not Pessimistic Enough?

Over at The New Republic, Julia Ioffe counsels that the best way to anticipate Russia’s actions is to take the most pessimistic view possible. Apparently, that’s what she learned from covering the Moscow beat. It’s no secret that Ms. Ioffe takes a dim view of Vladimir Putin, but that doesn’t mean she’s wrong. One of… Read more »

Mr. Kaiser Goes Out of Washington

Freshly-retired Washington Post honcho Robert Kaiser was a front-row witness to the Reagan Revolution and its consequences, and he did not particularly care for what he witnessed. His long Goodbye-Cruel-World farewell to Washington DC is an interesting read, even if it hardly breaks any new historical ground. He places particular blame on Tony Coelho for… Read more »