NASA chief: I need a scientific leader to back me up. Trump:*appoints swamp creature*

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And wouldn't you know it, Bridenstine thought the deputy NASA administrator should probably be a woman, too.

But on Thursday, the White House went in a completely different direction, nominating James Morhard, a longtime senior staffer on Capitol Hill with little to no technical experience who critics said is getting the nod because of close ties in Washington. Morhard serves as the U.S. Senate deputy sergeant at arms and over a long government career was a staff director on the Senate Appropriations Committee and worked in the secretary of the Navy’s office.

In public remarks, Bridenstine, a former Republican congressman who was also criticized as being a partisan pick, said according to SpaceNews that he wanted “somebody who has a lot of space experience, a space professional. It needs to be somebody who has run large organizations, who understands the technology.”​

Whoopsie.
 
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And wouldn't you know it, Bridenstine thought the deputy NASA administrator should probably be a woman, too.

But on Thursday, the White House went in a completely different direction, nominating James Morhard, a longtime senior staffer on Capitol Hill with little to no technical experience who critics said is getting the nod because of close ties in Washington. Morhard serves as the U.S. Senate deputy sergeant at arms and over a long government career was a staff director on the Senate Appropriations Committee and worked in the secretary of the Navy’s office.

In public remarks, Bridenstine, a former Republican congressman who was also criticized as being a partisan pick, said according to SpaceNews that he wanted “somebody who has a lot of space experience, a space professional. It needs to be somebody who has run large organizations, who understands the technology.”​

Whoopsie.
Well, deputy Sergeant at Arms is kinda like a PhD in astronomy.

Right?

(This is as bad as the private plane pilot whom Trump nominated to run the FAA.)

Qualifications are for losers.

Ay ye ye.
 

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I can think of no other situation in which a senior administration official publicly lobbied for someone to serve as their direct second-in-command, only to be rebuffed and have someone who meets none of the preferred candidate's qualifications put in place instead. I don't see how Bridenstine can stay in office after such an insult from on high. But this administration continually surprises me. It seems like there's a lot of people working for it who are first and foremost interested in power and position, and if they have to put up with gross misconduct and disrespect from the White House, so be it. Maybe it's even reasonable — after all, no one with any sense is going to look at this as poorly reflecting on Birdenstine, he's just the latest public servant Trump has stabbed right in the gut.
 
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I'm not sure I understand this appointment. I mean, is Scott Pruitt really not available?
 
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