Your commentary1 proves that scientists, or at least those who claim to speak for them, can be just as biased and opinionated as any politician. That should not be a surprise to anyone, but I am surprised that you are blind to the irony in this editorial.
Take a look at the composition of the Clinton administration's advisory committees. Where was the criticism of these bodies and how they were vetted?
I am a Republican physician who agrees with this administration on most issues enough to campaign for the president. I am also privileged to serve on the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women.
Yes, there are Republican scientists out there. This one objects to the patronizing tone of your editorial,1 as well as the dishonesty of labeling a partisan organization (Scientists and Engineers for Change) as "engaged in a noble and important effort to educate the public about scientific issues." Crap. Their goal was to elect Kerry, period.