Out on a Limb

Daily Best of the Web   —   Posted on September 17, 2015

Out on a Limb

Russian President Vladimir Putin

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

Out on a Limb

  • “Russia Could Have a Dark Ulterior Motive for Propping Up Assad’s Regime in Syria”—headline, Business Insider, Sept. 16
  • “Planned Parenthood Officials Deeply Concerned About ‘PR Issue’ ”—headline, Washington Examiner, Sept. 15
  • “Hillary Clinton’s Drop in Polls Hinges on More Than Her Private Email Server: Analysis”—headline, Press Herald (Portland, Maine), Sept. 15
  • “AP’s Pace: Clinton’s Falling Favorability ‘Calls Into Question’ Campaign Strategy”—headline, Washington Free Beacon, Sept. 15

Problem and Solution—I

  • “Hillary Clinton Is Still the Candidate to Beat”—headline, Eugene Robinson column, Washington Post, Sept. 15
  • “Clinton’s Big Obstacle Is Herself”—headline, same column, Real Clear Politics, Sept. 15

Politics Ain’t Brain Surgery
“Ben Carson Is a Great Doctor,” a Vox headline allows. “But That Wouldn’t Make Him a Good President.” That may well be true, but the piece’s author, Dan Diamond, makes some dubious appeals to authority, including Donald Trump, who says: “Ben’s a doctor, and he’s not a dealmaker.” Then there’s this one:

The writer Malcolm Gladwell even says we overestimate the difficulty of surgery, and claims that with enough practice—and fine motor skills—nearly anyone who can drive a car can also be a heart surgeon.

“I have a very low opinion of the difficulty of cardiac surgery,” Gladwell confessed in an interview last year.

Carson is a brain surgeon, not a heart surgeon, and Diamond observes: “I think Gladwell goes too far.” Indeed. Would you want to be cut open by Malcolm Gladwell?

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