The following is an excerpt from OpinionJournal’s “Best of the Web” at The Wall Street Journal written by the editor, James Taranto.
Other Than That, the Story Was Accurate
“A subheading last Sunday for an essay about narcissism incorrectly described a figure of Greek mythology. Narcissus was a mortal, not a god.”—New York Times, Feb. 21
Worst Appeals to Authority
“Bernie Sanders, unlike [Hillary] Clinton, defeats Donald Trump in a landslide of ‘epic proportions’ in a general election and is the antithesis of a Republican. If you don’t believe me, then watch my friend Brian Hanley’s animated rap videos about Bernie Sanders demolishing Donald Trump.”—H.A. Goodman, Salon, Feb. 19
A Reasonable Compromise
It looks as if the Supreme Court vacancy caused by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia will last at least until the election—and if the Republicans win, past Inauguration Day. This has enraged the left, as evidenced by the usual resort to racial rhetoric: “Supreme Court Snub Is Ultimate Delegitimization of First Black President,” screams a Talking Points Memo headline.
But the Omaha World-Herald reports “Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., says he’s open to confirming President Barack Obama’s pick”:
All the president has to do is nominate someone who publicly rejects Obama’s approach to governing.
In a two-and-a-half minute video posted online this week, Sasse reiterates a frequent Republican criticism of Obama—that the president has attempted to circumvent Congress by governing through executive actions.
“I recommend that you take your potential nominee and go and stand in the Rose Garden and have that nominee explicitly repudiate your ‘I have a pen and I have a phone’ theories of executive unilateralism,” Sasse says in the video, taken in front of the Supreme Court.
At a time of polarization and invective, it’s good to see a politician who’s willing to think creatively and find a sensible middle ground.
For more “Best of the Web” from The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto click here. (Note: The excerpts above are from the Feb. 22 BOTW Archives.)