[I]f all you care about is getting a high paid position at a top university in the US, then listen to Leiter. But if you’re looking to do philosophy, the kind of philosophy that you want to do, then you’d better think in terms of the best possible supervisor for you rather than the placement record of the program.
Maybe I'm misreading him, but here Tuomas seems to be focusing exclusively on doing philosophy during grad school. This seems short-sighted: many of us are looking to do philosophy, not just for five years, but for the rest of our lives. Getting a job at a "top university" (or top liberal arts college) is instrumental to doing philosophy. The truly dedicated may still find time to do research on top of a 4/4+ teaching load, or even a non-academic job, but it's gotta be more difficult that way.
I'm reminded of those occasionally heard gripes to the effect that the conventional ways of demarcating the "best jobs" in philosophy reveal bad values: an unseemly obsession with mere prestige, or some such. This also seems to miss the crucial point that, quite apart from such perks as money and prestige, the conventionally-recognized "best jobs" also have features that mark them as better for enabling one's philosophizing: 2/2 teaching loads, unusually smart and engaged students, etc. It doesn't seem unreasonable to see these features as important.
That's not to say that any job falling short of this ideal is therefore "bad", of course. I'll be happy as long as I can continue with philosophy as my vocation. But I'd expect to be even happier if I'm lucky enough to end up at an institution with especially smart and engaged students, and which offers a good balance of teaching and research.
(P.S. I do of course agree with Tuomas' broader point that there are many important factors to take into account in choosing a grad school -- I don't think anyone really denies this. I just wanted to highlight the importance of job placement for the sake of one's future philosophizing, which he seemed to be neglecting. Focusing exclusively on the grad school experience itself, I'd still diverge from the specifics of Tuomas' advice, as I think one's grad student peers often make more of a difference than one's faculty advisors. But, again, there are lots of factors to consider, so I wouldn't want to suggest that any one factor must always be decisive.)