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.


I Didn’t Understand It, Either

It doesn’t surprise me to learn that President Obama was mystified when he learned that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) had been selected as Mitt Romney’s running mate. I could never understand the reasoning behind it, either. For starters, I thought that after the debacle with Sarah Palin, Romney would want to pick someone with obvious… Read more »

Forced to Go Nuclear

Republican senators are making an extraordinary argument that the DC Circuit of Appeals, despite having three vacancies, does not need any new judges because their workload is low. Congress determines how many judges each circuit should have, and they have determined that the DC Circuit should have three more judges. President Obama has made those… Read more »

As I Was Saying…

There are three snippets from Marc Fisher and Laura Vozzella’s pre-post-mortem of the Ken Cuccinelli gubernatorial campaign that I want to share with you. Here’s the first: Four years ago, McDonnell’s largest single donor other than Republican Party organizations was the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which spent $973,000 on his campaign. This year, the chamber… Read more »

Casual Observation

I can’t imagine how someone could get it in their head that former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano was such a tyrant that it would be a good idea to kill some T.S.A. officers in retaliation two months after she resigned. Whether it was Drudge or some other cog in the Mighty Right-Wing Wurlitzer,… Read more »

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 »