13. Editorial: In rejecting the plan proposed by parliament to reform the electoral process, the president clearly acted in the best interests of the nation. Anyone who thinks otherwise should remember that the president made this decision knowing it would be met with fierce opposition at home and widespread disapproval abroad. All citizens who place the nationâ€™s well-being above narrow partisan interests will applaud this courageous action.
The reasoning in the editorial is in error because
(A) it confused a quality that is merely desirable in a political leader with a quality that is essential to effective political decision-making
(B) it fails to distinguish between evidence concerning the courage required to make a certain decision and evidence concerning the wisdom of making that decision
(C) it ignores the likelihood that many citizens have no narrow partisan interest in the proposed election reform plan
(D) it overlooks the possibility that there was strong opposition to the parliamentâ€™s plan among members of the presidentâ€™s own party
(E) it depends on the unwarranted assumption that any plan proposed by a parliament will necessarily serve only narrow partisan interests
B it is.
First of all, the reason why it can't be E is that the statment "any plan proposed by a parliament will necessarily" goes way beyond the scope of the argument in question. We don't have any knowledge on other proposed plans by the parliament.
On the other hand, B clearly identifies the flaw in the statement that just because the President made the decision based on fierce opposition at home and abroad does not mean that he made a wise decision.