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.


Boehner’s Fate

The National Review‘s Washington correspondent, Robert Costa, tweets out something interesting. I anticipated this moment a long time ago and recommended repeatedly that the Democrats be ready and willing to save Boehner’s speakership by agreeing to vote for him if he is challenged. Of course, Boehner probably would rather resign than become the leader of… Read more »

Who Holds All the Cards?

In this morning’s weekly address, the president was to the point: It’s not supposed to be this way. Manufacturing crises to extract massive concessions isn’t how our democracy works, and we have to stop it. Politics is a battle of ideas, but you advance those ideas through elections and legislation – not extortion. Focus on… Read more »

This Reminds Me of the Clinton Impeachment

Back in September 2000, David Schippers, who had prosecuted the impeachment case against Bill Clinton during the Senate trial, went on CNN and complained that he had not been allowed to present all his evidence because the Senate Republicans were not interested. ROGER COSSACK: You used the word “Sell Out,” and you also said this… Read more »

They Waddled Into the Threshing Blades

Freshman Senator Ted Cruz of Texas was among dozens of Republican senators who attended a meeting yesterday with the president at the White House. Apparently, he decided to “confront” the president about his health care law. “I told the president exactly the same thing I have told you here today: That we need to work… Read more »

Now, That’s Conceited

I grew up in Princeton, New Jersey where “Yale Sucks” t-shirts were ubiquitous precisely because there was no argument that Harvard was the country’s premier university and the only debate was over which institution deserved the position of number two. Sometimes people would acknowledge that Stanford deserved a place in the debate, but I am… Read more »