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.

The New Obstruction

One way the Republicans can still obstruct nominations is to focus on hearings in committee. They can refuse to grant unanimous consent for committees to hold hearings in the first place, or they can refuse to show up for committee hearings, thereby denying a quorum for those committees. I don’t know how far they will… Read more »

Sidelining the Warmongers

Any agreement with Iran was going to have to allow the Iranian government to argue that they’d gotten a good deal. Likewise, any agreement was going to be opposed by Israel and Saudi Arabia, and Saudi Arabia’s satellites in the Gulf region. Any agreement with Iran was also destined to be opposed by President John… Read more »

Deal With Iran

Some kind of deal has been reached with Iran concerning their efforts to enrich uranium and otherwise pursue projects that could lead them to achieve a nuclear weapons capability. The president is expected to address the nation on the details of the agreement shortly. Even though no details have yet been divulged, there are plenty… Read more »

High On Their Own Supply

Jonathan Strong, writing at National Review Online, explains that the Republicans are wary of doing anything that might distract people from their campaign against the Affordable Care Act. Therefore, Mitch McConnell doesn’t intend to engage in any high-profile retaliatory procedural actions in the Senate. That’s fine with me, but it calls to mind McConnell’s immediate… Read more »

The New Breed

While it’s true that there is a new breed of Democrat in the U.S. Senate, and that the senators who have been elected post-Iraq fiasco are infused with quite a lot more backbone than their predecessors, the reason that Harry Reid was finally able to pull the trigger on the nuclear option is because the… Read more »