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.

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 »

And So They Stumble Forward

Jonathan Weisman leads off with the Grey Lady’s coverage of the Tan Man. After three years of cajoling, finessing and occasionally strong-arming his fitful conservative majority, Speaker John A. Boehner waved the white flag on Wednesday, surrendering to demands from his right flank that he tie money to keep the government open after Sept. 30… Read more »