Blog of the Month: Best of the Web Today

I’ve been reading “Best of the Web Today” for several years now.  If you want something that’s informative but at the same time snarky, snide, sarcastic and elitist, then this is the blog for you.  It’s written by James Taranto, the editor of (part of the Wall Street Journal–I know, I just lost half of you for saying that).

Most of “Best of the Web Today” is in some way politically-oriented.  He pokes fun at certain politicians, or political figures–most constantly John Kerry (“the haughty, French-looking Massachusetts Democrat, who by the way served in Vietnam”).  Usually the first item in his daily column is a exposition of a story that was recently in the news, such as his treatment of ObamaCare in “ObamaCare, a Catastrophic ‘Success’.”

Other recurring sections of the blog are titled “Other Than That, the Story Was Accurate” (making fun of incompetant newspaper reporting, particularly of the New York Times), “Everything Seemingly is Spinning Out of Control” (parodying fear-mongering headlines), and “I Have the Hat” (again, with the making fun of Sen. John Kerry, which everyone enjoys).

One style that I particularly enjoy is how Taranto writes alternative headlines to news stories, to make them funnier.  Here are a few:

Sarah Palin Was Right
“Health Panel Brings Out Big Guns”–headline, Boston Herald, Nov. 17

Latest Excuse for the GOP Victory
“Obama Says Myanmar Junta ‘Stole’ Election”–headline, Agence France-Presse, Nov. 8

Wouldn’t They Rather Have a Blanket?
“Cold War Veterans Get Spotlight on Holiday, Finally”–headline, San Diego Union-Tribune, Nov. 10

Only Losers Spit in Space
“No Winner in Space Spat”–headline, The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 5

One of the topics that I most enjoy are his theory called the “Roe Effect,” in which he states that parents who support abortions are likely to have fewer children than those who oppose abortion, and therefore support for abortion-on-demand will gradually decrease over time.  In other words, the Democrats’ support for abortion has decreased the number of voters that they have to vote for them.  He’s written an article about it; you can read it here.  Another topic that I particularly like is his stories about monkeyfishing (usually under the caption “Monkey Sea, Monkey Do” or something like that), which you can read about here, here, and here.

This is an excellent commentary blog, and just the thing that one sometimes needs after a hard day.

Check it out, and tell me what you think.