This is what the Republican Party has done to us this year: It has placed within reach of the Oval Office a woman who is a religious fanatic and a proud, boastful ignoramus. Those who despise science and learning are not anti-elitist. They are morally and intellectually slothful people who are secretly envious of the educated and the cultured. And those who prate of spiritual warfare and demons are not just "people of faith" but theocratic bullies. On Nov. 4, anyone who cares for the Constitution has a clear duty to repudiate this wickedness and stupidity.
A commenter at Brayton's blog makes a good point. A reasonable conservative argument is that such research might be important or even vital, but funding for scientific research should be private rather than public. Instead, Palin tosses conservative principles aside, preferring a direct appeal to the slothful ignorance of ungrateful, anti-intellectual fools whose lives have been immeasurably bettered by the scientific research they disdain. I would add that her little zing directed at scientists working in Paris is another example of her incessant pandering to xenophobes. Hitchens hits the nail on the head when he describes Palin as a "boastful ignoramus."