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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Science & Tech Advisors

This blows my mind.  Well, if I hadn't already lost all faith in the judgement of McCain with his selection of Sarah Palin for VP it would blow my mind.  It's still a little surprising however.

Obama Science & Tech Advisers:
Harold Varmus: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Don Lamb: University of Chicago
Gil Omenn: University of Michigan
Henry Kelly: Federation of American Scientists
Sharon Long: Stanford University
Jason Grumet: Bipartisan Policy Center
Dan Kammen: University of California, Berkeley

Not a bad line up, even though I'm sure most of us haven't heard of any of them before.  At least they're employed by Universities or other science related facilities (aside from Jason Grumet).

McCain Science & Tech Advisers:
James Woolsey: Former CIA Director
James Schlesinger: Former Secretary of Defense
Robert McFarlane: Former National Security Advisor
Carly Fiorina: Former Chief Executive of Hewlett-Packard
Meg Whitman: Former Chief Executive of eBay.

WHAT THE HELL?!  Only 2 of those are even related to Science & Tech, and I'd call their experience in the field on the business side, not the Science & Tech end of things.  Not surprising, McCain would be a horrible choice for the already battered (thanks to Bush) Science & Tech fields.  It is pretty surprising that a weak point for McCain and he doesn't at least have at least some qualified and experienced scientists on his panel.  The man lacks anything remotely close to vision, though I guess that should be expected of a man at his age.

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