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.

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 »

You Call This Winning?

Somehow, the following remark from Aqua Buddha seems apropos. “Does anybody remember Charlie Sheen when he was kind of going crazy…And he was going around, jumping around saying ‘Winning, winning, we’re winning,’” [Sen. Rand] Paul said. “Well I kind of feel like that, we are winning. And I’m not on any drugs.” Of course, Rand’s… Read more »

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 »