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.


Can a Discharge Petition Get Us Immigration Reform?

Back in July, Steve Benen noted that Nancy Pelosi had discussed the potential for using a discharge petition to force a vote on comprehensive immigration reform in the House of Representatives. Now that the Gang of Seven is dissolving, Benen is trying to revive the idea. A discharge petition is a way that a majority… Read more »

Senate Support for Dumbest Idea is Weak

As Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) discovered back in July, even a government shutdown will not prevent the implementation of ObamaCare. The Democratic Policy & Communications Center has compiled a list of 20 Republican senators who have gone on the record acknowledging that they can’t prevent the implementation of ObamaCare either legislatively or through a government… Read more »

Why Cruz Can’t Filibuster the CR

Byron York has taken it upon himself to break the news to the Republican base that there will be no filibuster of the Continuing Resolution. He has his facts mainly right, but we can dig a little deeper to discover the real limitations on obstruction here. To begin with, the Senate ordinarily operates by unanimous… Read more »

A Lifeline for Boehner?

Noam Scheiber has been providing solid prognostication on the budget/debt ceiling fiasco and he is perturbed to discover a possible kink in his analysis. Might the administration offer John Boehner a lifeline at just the moment that he’s about to slip beneath the sands? Scheiber’s predictions have been predicated on a confluence of perverse interests…. Read more »

They Keep Breaking Stuff

Back in July, when the Farm Bill imploded, I wrote about the historical compact between urban and rural pols that arose in the late 1930’s and had sustained both agricultural subsidies and nutrition assistance ever since. Basically, by putting nutrition assistance in the Farm Bill, farmers could depend on urban politicians to support the overall… Read more »