Wow. The Yearly Kos science panel this morning was awesome, really a tour de force. Facing a full room, Wesley Clark got up there and riffed for at least twenty minutes, with impressive eloquence, about the importance of science to the American future. I wish I’d been taking notes. Here’s a guy whose past–unbeknownst to me–had a lot of science in it; he’s a kid of the Sputnik era, and really grasps how far we’ve fallen from the days when scientific innovation was at the center of America’s image of itself. I was very, very impressed. (And I can’t complain that at one point, Clark actually uttered the phrase “Republican War on Science.”)
What’s really heartening to me is how so many Democratic leaders–of course Gore, but also Kerry during the 2004 campaign, and now Clark–are focusing on science and its importance to policy. The science/politics issue has come almost out of nowhere to become a topic that political candidates feel a need to address…a incredible transition, when you think about it. I am so psyched to have been sitting right there on the stage where I could watch it happen.