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.

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 »

de Blasio Looks to Snap Dems Losing Streak

According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is poised to win the mayoral contest in a blowout and give the Democratic Party control of city hall for the first time since Rudolph W. Giuliani took office on January 1st, 1994. There are yawning racial gaps on many issues… Read more »

This Doesn’t Seem Right

I wonder what Jack Abramoff thinks about Tom DeLay winning his appeal of his 2010 conviction for money laundering. No one can say that The Hammer wasn’t inconvenienced during all this legal wrangling, nor can one deny that DeLay’s political career was ruined, but, unlike Mr. Abramoff, he didn’t serve four years in prison. DeLay… Read more »

A Less Political Pope

Whenever Pope Francis I speaks publicly, I begin to worry about Kathryn Jean Lopez of National Review Online’s The Corner. When I read that the pope had said “that the Roman Catholic church had grown “obsessed” with preaching about abortion, gay marriage and contraception, and that he has chosen not to speak of those issues… Read more »

Maybe It’s Not Quite Nihilism

I wish I felt comfortable saying, “No, Donny, these men are nihilists, there’s nothing to be afraid of,” but their blithe willingness to mess with the debt ceiling and our credit rating concerns me. There are about 30 Republicans — a minority, but enough to stymie legislation — who have stood firm against legislation that… Read more »