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.


Roger Stone Doth Protest Too Much

You probably have to be a certain age to know who Roger Stone is, but he’s a Forrest Gump/Leonard Zelig figure who pops up everywhere in our political past. He started early, trying to convince his elementary school colleagues not to support Vice President Richard Nixon’s 1960 campaign for the presidency because (he claimed) Nixon… Read more »

Naming Seas and Oceans

I was already aware that Arabs don’t like to refer to the Persian Gulf as the Persian Gulf. They prefer to call it the Arabian Gulf, although the rest of the world ignores their preference. Some lawmakers in New Jersey are representing South Korean interests and trying to get the state to refer to the… Read more »

Senator Cruz Exposed His Colleagues

Chris Cillizza doesn’t think that Ted Cruz plans on being in the Senate for very long, and he predicts that he will never rise to any leadership level in the upper chamber. It’s easy to understand why Mr. Cillizza feels that way. Dana Milbank recounted the nasty details of how Ted Cruz’s antics caused chaos… Read more »

Some Thoughts on Ezra’s New Venture

I am intrigued by Ezra Klein’s ambition to provide a more contextual form of reporting. I agree with him that newspapers are less good at explaining why things are happening than they are at explaining what is happening. And I think Klein has done a good job at the Washington Post in focusing more on… Read more »

Odds & Ends

Matthew O’Brien, writing in The Atlantic, asks if the American Dream is dead in the South. Roy Edroso reads Jonah Goldberg so you don’t have to. Did you know that Elizabeth Warren and Tom Coburn teamed up to introduce a bill? Will Bunch wonders why we tolerate corruption until we don’t. We seem to have… Read more »