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posted by Fnord666 on Monday November 19 2018, @12:09AM   Printer-friendly
from the science-of-politics-and-politics-of-science dept.

The Planetary Society reports:

Representative John Culberson, an 8-term Texas Republican and staunch supporter of NASA and planetary exploration, lost his re-election bid to Democrat Lizzie Fletcher last week. Many factors played into this outcome, but one bears consideration by space advocates: his support for the scientific search for life at Europa was seen as a weakness and attacked accordingly.

Over the past four years, Culberson used his chairmanship of the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) appropriations subcommittee to increase spending on NASA and missions to search for life on Europa. He directed hundreds of millions of dollars to this effort and played a critical role in getting the Europa Clipper mission officially adopted by NASA and the White House. And he did this without cannibalizing other NASA programs. His motivation was passion, not parochialism, as the prime benefactor of these federal dollars was California's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, located far outside his Houston-area congressional district.


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  • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 19 2018, @02:40AM (6 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 19 2018, @02:40AM (#763746)

    As mentioned above: "skipping a MAGA rally, and how he was not a firm Trump supporter"

    Failure to fully support Trump means no enthusiasm. Lots of never-Trump republicans lost their seats in this past election. Those who supported Trump did better.

    You aren't American, so I guess you understand us via what CNN tells you. The reality is that the median person likes Trump now. Outside of large cities (where news media is based) we are generally quite fond of Trump. Even in California, it is just the cities that hate Trump.

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  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Monday November 19 2018, @03:01AM (5 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Monday November 19 2018, @03:01AM (#763759) Journal

    I don't know about "likes Trump". Maybe "accepts Trump". Maybe "grudgingly respects Trump". I, for one, still insist that the election campaign was between the Court Fool and the Wicked Witch. So far, the Court Fool hasn't done us terribly wrong.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 19 2018, @04:03AM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 19 2018, @04:03AM (#763781)

      The court fool, or jester, was usually highly intelligent. Yes, his job was to entertain, but also to present unpalatable truths to power in a way that didn't end up with his head on a spike. People who were stupid did not last long in that role.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 19 2018, @05:54PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 19 2018, @05:54PM (#763946)

      He has tanked our reputation, wasted money, and rolled back a ton of regulations. Maybe you just need to pay more attention.

      • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Tuesday November 20 2018, @01:02AM

        by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday November 20 2018, @01:02AM (#764102) Journal

        Many of us ARE paying attention. I note that you don't complain about one, or six, or 36 specific regulations. Instead, you mention "a ton of regulations". From any point of view outside of your own, it would seem that you believe regulation to be good, for the sake of regulation. That is an authoritarian thing there. Not only is it authoritarian, but it is far more authoritarian than I can stomach. It goes beyond authoritarianism, into the realm of martinetism.