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 Party of Lincoln

There was a protest today in Washington: Angered by the closure of national landmarks due to the partial government shutdown, a crowd of conservatives removed barricades Sunday at the World War II Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial as they rallied against President Barack Obama and Democrats for their role in the ongoing stalemate. Before the… Read more »

Peter Wehner is Part of the Problem

To see why there is such an alternative reality on the right in this country, it helps to pay attention to the bizarre stories they tell each other. Peter Wehner is a former deputy assistant to the president who served as Director of Strategic Initiatives in the Bush Administration from 2002 to 2007. Let’s look… Read more »

Democrats Feeling Their Oats

Sam Stein reports in the Huffington Post that the Democrats are now moving on to the offensive as the Republicans’ leverage has all but vaporized. Under the Budget Control Act, annual spending will be reduced to $967 billion around Jan. 15, regardless of the budget at the time. Democrats want to avoid that. They’ve concluded… Read more »

A General Disarray

For a brief period, Rep. Paul Ryan emerged as a potential deal-maker who could solve the impasse in Congress before a catastrophic default on our country’s debts. But any hope of that ended yesterday when Ryan spoke against a Collins-Manchin proposal under consideration in the Senate and complained: “They’re trying to cut the House out,… Read more »

They Filibuster Everything

When Harry Reid made a motion to proceed to the Default Prevention Act of 2013 this afternoon, he got the support of 54 senators out of the 98 who voted. For procedural reasons, Sen. Reid changed his vote to ‘nay’ so that he could preserve the right to introduce the motion again. Here’s how the… Read more »