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Election 2008

The Election, Space, Logic, and Choices

By Keith Cowing
NASA Watch
September 24, 2008

The President of Free Space, Part 3: Hope or Fear, Discovery News

“Silly me. When I embarked on this freelance journalism project to chase down strings of rationality in the race for the U.S. presidency, using the space program as my fishing reel, I made a bad assumption. I thought rationality MATTERED to all people. You know? Fact-gathering, logical reasoning, analysis, verification the processes of science? Please stop chuckling. I know I should have known better. So forget about the LOGICAL thing to do for NASA, let alone the country. I’ve realized what counts most in our society is a good story. We love drama. If it was our gross domestic product, we’d have so much money Sarah Palin would be writing us checks from the Treasury, just like they do with oil revenue in Alaska.”

NASA Watch founder, Explorers Club Fellow, ex-NASA, Away Teams, Journalist, Space & Astrobiology, Lapsed climber.