And this was supposed to be the administration that would keep politics out of science?
An article by Shannen Coffin, a deputy attorney general during the Bush administration, opens:
When President Obama promised in his inaugural address to “restore science to its rightful place,” he never explained what that rightful place would be.
Documents recently released in connection with the Supreme Court nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan suggest an answer: wherever it can best be used to skew political debate and judicial outcomes.
The documents involved date from the Clinton White House. They show Miss Kagan’s willingness to manipulate medical science to fit the Democratic party’s political agenda on the hot-button issue of abortion.
It's a case of ghost writing with a new twist.