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 Revive the Filibuster

I don’t like any of Jonathan Bernstein’s proposals to revive the filibuster for judicial nominees. I’m sympathetic to his motivation, as lifetime appointments are a big deal, and I can see the merit in applying some kind of supermajority requirement for those posts. But I also want to discourage the Senate from acting like a… Read more »

Word Association

Let’s play a game. I’ll name a year, and you name the first two ideas/concepts that come into your head. Are you ready? Here we go… 2000- 1. Butterfly ballot, 2. hanging chad 2001- 1. 9/11, 2. shark attacks 2002- 1. Color-coded terror charts, duct tape 2003- 1. Invasion of Iraq, 2. Valerie Plame 2004-… Read more »

Essay on Being Poor Goes Viral

This initially obscure blog post went completely viral, especially after it was picked up by the Huffington Post. It’s written by a woman who claims to be poor. She has two jobs (one as a cook), two kids, and takes a full load of college classes. The essay is about what it is like to… Read more »

Odds & Ends

It’s going to be an exciting couple of months for comet-watchers. Comet ISON is approaching the sun and, if it survives, it may create quite a show as it boomerangs back around toward us. Then, in January, Comet Siding Spring is going to come so close to Mars that the Martian environment will be enveloped… Read more »

This Is Why We Fight

I don’t care that Mary Stamper “chose” to have 11 kids even though she doesn’t have a steady job with health benefits, or that Gary Gross has no job, smokes, and drank so much that he damaged his liver by the age of 36. I don’t care that Ronald Hudson has diabetes, five kids, and… Read more »