Hillary Clinton, that is. She’s made some concrete statements about what she’d do for science as president: take steps to depoliticize science agencies, lift limits on stem cell research, invest in alternative energy and global warming research, subordinate manned space missions to earth science research (not entirely happy news there, but at least she’s being realisitic), and she’s pro-evolution! (That last is utterly shocking, I know.) She’s also going to push to have congress restore the Office of Technology Assessment.
Of course, she also threw in a sop to the deluded: “I believe that our founders had faith in reason and they also had faith in God, and one of our gifts from God is the ability to reason.” I will excuse her useless pieties as long as they don’t interfere with her practical efforts to support good science. I’ll also rub the noses of the trolls in that every time they whine about coupling evolution and godlessness, since our politicians seem to have no qualms about coupling evolution and superstition, so it will be rhetorically useful for my purposes.
Now, let’s see the other Democratic candidates follow suit and be as forthright in stating their support for science. That doesn’t mean they should compete with her to outdo the stupid god and faith part of her statement — I could well imagine that some might — but that they should outline their specific science proposals and state without reservation their support for basic science. And now that the media has broken the ice with Clinton, let’s see all of the other candidates probed on these same issues.