Two years ago, ScienceBlogling Afarensis told us about McCain’s VP nominee Sarah Palin’s creationist streak:
Palin said she thought there was value in discussing alternatives.
“It’s OK to let kids know that there are theories out there,” she said in the interview. “They gain information just by being in a discussion.”
That was how she was brought up, she said. Her father was a public school science teacher.
“My dad did talk a lot about his theories of evolution,” she said. “He would show us fossils and say, ‘How old do you think these are?’ ”
Asked for her personal views on evolution, Palin said, “I believe we have a creator.”
She would not say whether her belief also allowed her to accept the theory of evolution as fact.
“I’m not going to pretend I know how all this came to be,” she said.
“His theories of evolution”? “They gain information just by being in a discussion?” Not if it’s stupid, they don’t. I don’t know if this is weaseling to appease the Republican theopolitical conservative base, or if she’s a loon. Either way, if McCain is elected, we can expect the War on Science (and polar bears) to continue.
This is the Alito-Roberts strategy: pick someone with virtually no track record so they can’t get dinged. It’s a crappy way to run the country, though.