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.


What’s the Matter With South Carolina?

I read about this last week, before the Faculty Senate voted unanimously against the appointment of their new neo-confederate president. Members of the College of Charleston community are not happy with the choice of a Republican politician with ties to neo-Confederates to be the next president of the college. Donors are complaining. Students are protesting…. Read more »

Grading Kathleen Parker’s Latest Work

Oh, Kathleen Parker, you actually knew it was insane to enlist H.L. Mencken on your side of a political argument and, yet, you did it anyway. H.L. Mencken gets a workout in election years when voters are reminded by pundits of the curmudgeon’s observation that no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the… Read more »

If ObamaCare Helps You, You Don’t Exist

According to Byron York, if you are getting Medicaid benefits or you are 26 years or younger and getting coverage on your parents’ health insurance plan, you simply do not exist. There are an estimated seven and a half million people in this country that fall into one of those two categories and now have… Read more »

Oh, God, I Am a Coffee Snob

I am kind of a coffee snob. I mean, I can’t drink Folgers or Maxwell House. On the other hand, I think it’s kind of ridiculous how much some people are willing to pay for a cup of coffee. So, I guess I like to reside in the middle, sneering at everyone else. What’s got… Read more »

Serious Question About Voter Suppression

Here’s a question. Is the current situation in which the Republicans are systematically trying to limit how many people can vote (and the Democrats are trying to make it easier for people to vote) a natural byproduct of America’s two-party system? In other words, would it really ever be in the interests of a major… Read more »