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Rick Perry On Jon Huntsman Science Attack: ‘Galileo Got Outvoted For A Spell’

At Wednesday night’s Republican Presidential Debate, Politico’s John Harris played the dreaded “disagreement card,” asking Jon Huntsman to explain which of his rivals were “anti-science.”

Huntsman wouldn’t name names, but Harris directed the criticism to Gov. Rick Perry for a response, and Perry countered by comparing modern climate change skeptics with Galileo.

Harris tried to get Huntsman to engage his rivals directly about harsh criticisms he has made over their skepticism about things like evolution and climate change. In a moment reminiscent of Tim Pawlenty‘s “Obamneycare” wimp-out, Huntsman refused, instead reiterating his more general critique that his party can’t succeed if people perceive them as anti-science.

Harris then turned to Perry, setting him back on his heels by asking him to name a scientist with a compelling case against climate change. Perry responded with “the science is not settled” sloganeering, then pointed out that “Just because you have a group of scientists who have stood up and said ‘Here’s the fact…’ Galileo got outvoted for a spell.”

He’s absolutely right about that, but he fails to mention that Galileo got outvoted by a group of people whose scientific methodology included the rotational properties of a swinging dead cat. He was literally outvoted by a spell, or more likely, a whole book  of them. While it’s still not infallible, scientific consensus has evolved (oops! “intelligently designed?”) considerably since then.

Here’s the clip, from MSNBC:

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