The following is an excerpt from OpinionJournal.com’s “Best of the Web” written by the editor, James Taranto.
You Call That Fair and Balanced?
“Fox Terrorizes Playground”–headline, KSN-TV website (Wichita, Kan.), April 11
Why Do Bad Things Always Happen to Them?
“Yes, the Oct. 1 rollout of HealthCare.gov was an unmitigated disaster. . . . I knew from my reporting and a couple of conversations with Sebelius that she and the administration were all about making sure that everything would work the way it was supposed to on Oct. 1. That nothing worked well for weeks no doubt was a crushing personal blow to Sebelius, not to mention Obama. The toll it took on Sebelius, and her standing with Obama and within the administration, cannot be underestimated.”–Jonathan Capehart, Washington Post website, April 11
Failure to Launch
Thomas Friedman of the New York Times writes that he hopes Vladimir Putin imposes an energy embargo on Ukraine. Here’s his reasoning, if one can call it that:
Such an oil shock, though disruptive in the short run, could have the same long-term impact as the 1973 Arab oil embargo–only more so. That 1973 embargo led to the first auto mileage standards in America and propelled the solar, wind and energy efficiency industries. A Putin embargo today would be even more valuable because it would happen at a time when the solar, wind, natural gas and energy efficiency industries are all poised to take off and scale.
So after being “propelled” for 41 years, these industries are “poised to take off”? That doesn’t sound very efficient, does it?
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