News of the Tautological

Daily Best of the Web   —   Posted on January 23, 2014

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


News of the Tautological 
“Small Cars Get Crushed in Crash Tests”–headline,, Jan. 22

Out on a Limb 
‘Syria Accuses the West of Pouring Arms Into the Hands of Terrorists”–headline, Guardian website (London), Jan. 22

Question and Answer–I

  • “How Gov. Christie Moves Forward”–headline, New York Times, Jan. 22, 2014
  • “Put One Foot in Front of the Other”–headline, TimesDaily (Florence, Ala.), March 19, 1991

Yay Entropy! 
Under the headline “Obamacare Won’t Become Popular or Extinct,” Bloomberg’s Jonathan Bernstein has what may be the least enthusiastic defense we’ve seen:

The biggest myths about the Affordable Care Act are found among conservatives who believe that the program is going to collapse on its own–indeed that the program is already collapsing. That’s simply not happening. Even in places where reform could still go badly wrong, the prospect of “repeal” has been a fantasy for some time now. The old system is gone. A flat-out repeal of Obamacare would cause chaos. It’s not going to happen.

Having said that, he acknowledges that “it’s very possible that ‘Obamacare’ could be permanently unpopular.” So he’s reduced to counting on the Second Law of Thermodynamics to pull the law through. 

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