The following is an excerpt from OpinionJournal’s “Best of the Web” at The Wall Street Journal written by the editor, James Taranto.
Answers to Questions Nobody Is Asking
“Jesse Ventura Ready to ‘Save the Country’ if Sanders Loses”—headline, Washington Examiner, March 1
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
“Good Year for Deaths Drives Profit Rise for British Funeral Firm”—headline, Reuters, March 2
Bottom Stories of the Day
Are We There Yet?
“Name Your Supreme Court Pick, President Obama,” urges the headline of a New York Times editorial, which faults the president for being both dilatory and accommodating:
More than two weeks after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, President Obama has not named a nominee for the vacant seat on the Supreme Court. Instead, he appears to be succumbing once again to his persistent belief that congressional Republicans can be reasoned with if only he tries hard enough.
One would have thought the years of disrespect and obstruction from Capitol Hill would have cured him of this notion. . . .
By naming his pick now, Mr. Obama would force the Republicans to explain to Americans why they refuse to do their job and take a vote on a highly qualified nominee.
It never seems to occur to the Times that while an appointment requires the consent of the Senate, just a nomination requires the consent of the nominee—or that a promising jurist might not be inclined to offer himself up as a sacrifice just to make a point.
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