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.

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 »

My Thoughts Are With India

Cyclone Phailin has made landfall on the Indian coast near Gopalpur with sustained winds of 125 mph. They’ve prepared as best as they can, but this storm has the potential to be even more devastating than Hurricane Katrina. My thoughts are with everyone in this storm’s path, and I hope that the American government can… Read more »

Boehner’s Fate

The National Review‘s Washington correspondent, Robert Costa, tweets out something interesting. I anticipated this moment a long time ago and recommended repeatedly that the Democrats be ready and willing to save Boehner’s speakership by agreeing to vote for him if he is challenged. Of course, Boehner probably would rather resign than become the leader of… Read more »