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 Tent Just Got Bigger

I welcome Jason Thigpen into the Democratic Party. I actually agree with him about a lot of things. But, on policy? Not so much. Mr. Thigpen was a Republican candidate for the 3rd Congressional District seat in North Carolina before the party shut the government down. Now he is a Democratic candidate for the 3rd… Read more »

Strange History

I agree with Steve M. that this version of history provided by the Washington Post‘s Chris Cillizza is deeply strange: [New Jersey Governor Chris] Christie is increasingly seen as the one candidate who might be able to bridge the divide between the establishment and the tea party that is in the process of ripping the… Read more »

Open Warfare

Rightly or wrongly, freshman Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is seen as the man who is responsible for the recent government shutdown. As a result, a small plurality of Republicans now see Cruz as their party’s leader. That is not helping him deal with the simmering resentment he has aroused on Capitol Hill among his colleagues…. Read more »

How to Save the Right From Itself

Ever since California changed their election laws in 2010, I’ve been thinking about how to orchestrate a progressive insurgency from the Golden State. Despite my obsession, my ideas are still somewhat nebulous. Now I’m beginning to think about how the moderate, pro-business right can use some of the same ideas to revive the right’s fortunes… Read more »

Riding the Tiger

It seems like almost every major news organization in the country is running an article about how the business community is frustrated with the Tea Party and contemplating how they can wrest back control of the Republican Party from the nihilists who almost destroyed the full faith and credit of the United States. In the… Read more »