More Like a Hit-and-Clop

Daily Best of the Web   —   Posted on March 19, 2014

The following is an excerpt from’s “Best of the Web” written by the editor, James Taranto.

Other Than That, the Story Was Accurate 
“A previous version of this post incorrectly referred to a decimal point followed by 35 zeros instead of 34.”–, March 17

amish-buggyMore Like a Hit-and-Clop 
“Amish Buggy Sought in Pennsylvania Hit-and-Run”–headline, Associated Press, March 18

Hey, Kids! What Time Is It? 
“It’s Time to Start Taking Rand Paul Seriously”–headline, Washington Post website, March 17

It’s Important.
Democrats may not have much hope of taking the House majority in November, but they’ve scored a candidate-recruitment coup in Louisiana, where a three-term former governor of the state says he’ll seek to succeed Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy, who’s leaving the House to challenge Sen. Mary Landrieu. The New York Times reports:

“Iacta alea est,” [Edwin] Edwards [who is 87] said, after describing how Julius Caesar came to the rescue of the unhappy citizens of Rome. “The die is cast. Today I cross the Rubicon.”

The announcement, delivered at a gathering of the Baton Rouge Press Club, did not come with Caesar’s element of surprise. When Mr. Edwards entered the conference room at the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino and Hotel, leading his 35-year-old wife, Trina, and pushing his 7-month-old son, Eli, in a stroller, a large crowd was waiting with camera phones at the ready.

The Times notes that “Mr. Edwards’s primary liability is probably the mere fact that he is a Democrat” seeking office in “a solidly conservative district” of an increasingly Republican-leaning state. But Edwards says that in 2008, “I did not vote for Obama,” adding: “Where I was at the time there were no voting machines.”

Meanwhile, Rep. Ralph Hall of Texas [who is 90] faces a runoff after falling short of a majority in his Republican primary. Assuming Hall hangs on and wins re-election, a Rep. Edwards would be the 434th youngest member of the House. [The House has 435 members.]

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