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.


Don’t Cry for Donald Sterling

Poor, poor Donald Sterling. He’s having his beloved basketball team pried out of his hands and all he’ll get for it is about four times more than anyone has ever gotten before for selling a NBA franchise. At two billion dollars, it’s second only to the sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the history… Read more »

We Need This Like a Hole in the Head

Oh, for Christ’s sake: The conservative cable-news family is about to get a new member. On Thursday, Newsmax Media Inc. announced that it will kick off its new network next month, Newsmax TV, following a recent distribution deal with DirecTV. The mid-June soft launch, as described by CEO Christopher Ruddy, is expected to reach more… Read more »

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 »