PZ Myers is making Sarah Palin look bad.
Actually, it's Sarah Palin that's making Sarah Palin look bad, PZ is simply pointing out why she has made herself look bad, and how she has chosen to make herself look to people who actually do the research she paradoxically despises and insists we need more of.
I very much doubt, from her comments, that she knows what she's talking about. People who are unfamiliar with both how research and how science works often are. Ideally, this should recuse them from talking. It's a pity Palin didn't do that.
Now, I wouldn't expect a politician to necessarily know how science and research works. I do expect them to surround themselves with people who, ostensibly, do, or at least know enough to not make nakedly obvious gaffes like this.
But if this is how her campaign is being conducted, I have every reason to expect this will probably carry over into a presidency.
I might have expected better from McCain, but he picked her as his running mate. I worry four more years of darkness will be SOP.
I generally stay out of politics on this blaugh. But this is just pathetic.
(Update: comments here as well.)