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.

Government By Kludge

While reading Steven Teles’s long tome on kludgeocracy in National Affairs, I was reminded of what a Philadelphia congressman once told me in confidence. He told me that he favored the introduction of gambling in Pennsylvania because it is a painless way to raise revenue. The congressman told me this privately, and I was privately… Read more »

When Will Boehner Cave?

Jonathan Bernstein, at The American Prospect, tries to game out how the politics will unfold after a hypothetical government shutdown, but he ultimately decides that a shutdown is unlikely. Because we’re dealing with both a potential shutdown and a crisis over raising the debt ceiling, I think we need to consider this as a package… Read more »

Long Week Has Potential to Reshuffle Congress

As we embark on a week of shutdown/debt ceiling negotiations, it is helpful to read Paul Kane’s roadmap in the Washington Post. He has Harry Reid passing the Senate’s version of the Continuing Resolution around dinner time on Sunday the 29th, barely more than 24 hours before the government runs out of money. This might… Read more »

The Bloom Is Off the Rose

On the one hand, Javier Hernandez’s piece on Bill de Blasio in the New York Times appears to be factual. On the other hand, it reads like a real hatchet job. Sometimes, I guess, the truth hurts. Or, at least, the truth has the potential to hurt. Is New York City ready for a mayor… Read more »

Weekend Watch

I know that Ed always leaves you with some music on Friday afternoons. Have you ever heard of Cambodian surfer music? Apparently, it was a big thing in the 1960’s. A couple of California kids were visiting Cambodia and they picked up some old cassettes. They thought it was so cool that they came home… Read more »