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.

What Will It Mean?

The elimination of the filibuster for administrative and judicial nominees (not including those to the Supreme Court) will have short and long-term consequences. One of the easier things to predict is that the filibuster will be eliminated entirely in fairly short order. John Dickerson had a good insight on that likelihood: As Majority Leader Harry… Read more »

Why the Filibuster Had to Go

In the lead-up to Harry Reid’s decision to invoke the “nuclear option,” some Republican senators like Richard Burr of North Carolina and Chuck Grassley of Iowa made remarks that could only be interpreted as goading the Majority Leader on. It got to the point that Brian Beutler began openly speculating that the Republicans secretly wanted… Read more »

Because the Senate Needs More Cowbell

Here we go: Texas tea party activists eager to send another firebrand in the mold of Ted Cruz to the Senate have launched a movement to draft evangelical historian David Barton to run against Sen. John Cornyn. Barton, who hosts a daily radio broadcast, has wide name recognition and respect on the religious right as… Read more »

Rand Paul’s Thin Skin

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) may have presidential aspirations but he’s created a major problem for himself. He was busted by Rachel Maddow for plagiarizing a Wikipedia entry for the movie Gattaca, then busted by BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski both for plagiarizing a Wikipedia entry for the movie Stand and Deliver and for plagiarizing a Heritage Foundation… Read more »

Know Who to Blame

Donald Rizer doesn’t know it, but I put everything I had into electing President Obama so that Mr. Rizer could have access to affordable health care. And he would have it, as Kevin Drum points out, if not for Bush-appointed Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, and the Republican-led Georgia legislature…. Read more »