A few blogs , and not more than a dozen major science journal editors and the usual pathetic gaggle of investment banking heavies, Aspen regulars and real, as opposed to Peace Prize, Nobelists have united in calling on wannabe Presidential Candidates to stage a Great American Science Debate as to what policies should prevail in the next Administration.
Since many A-list blogomerates said to be Conservative feature countdown clocks reminding us how long it has been since they challenged various worthies to debate climate change, the metaphysical status of blastocytes and toenail clippings, or the finer points of Cambodian geography, it will be interesting to see how CEI , AEI, Junk Science and various outposts of Dittocephaly field this one.
I do hope they rise to the occasion, or the bait, as the case may be, as there is a terrible dearth of politicized science in America. The problem is that for the Real Deal to exist, both sides have to have some inkling of what it is that they are trying to politicize.
Arranging a fair cat-fight on these subjects is an editorially parlous business, as invitations to the Science Editors of National Review, The Weekly Standard, The American Human Events , The Washington Times , The New York Post , The Wall Street Journal , The American Enterprise, or The American Spectator are invariably returned postmarked:
NO SUCH PERSON AT THIS ADDRESS