Originally Posted by otc
This vaccine thing is a little silly...
Sure the information wasn't easily available or widely known to anyone besides experts...but presidential candidates (and sitting senators) have access to all sorts of experts.
It is almost certain they had some expert tell them "this whole vaccine thing is bullshit".
Five minutes later, some political expert told them "This whole vaccine thing is bullshit...but only the experts actually know that while a large number of potential voters out there have no idea and think there's a chance it is true"
Seems pretty clear that in 2008 you weren't really going to lose votes by saying things like "well, maybe we should do some more research"--as long as you didn't actually stand for stopping vaccination programs, the pro vaccine voters aren't going to run away from you the way the anti-vaccine voters would flee if you told them "I'm going to force everyone to get vaccinated, you're all idiots".
Either the candidates were pandering, or they failed to make use of experts when making policy decisions on issues they have no personal knowledge of...I'm gonna guess the former is more likely.
thinking about it this seems more likely to me than an expert telling them it seems like bullshit but the evidence isnt 100. i guess im pandering my views to the masses now. if only somebody actually cared about my views...