This video of Chris Matthews' interview with Congressman Mike Pence is making the rounds on several blogs. In the segment Pence cannot seem to give a coherent answer to Matthews' question about evolution.
Mike Pence is a strong fiscal conservative and an official I have a lot of respect for. But this video illustrates why the ambivalence towards science (particularly evolution) demonstrated by too many conservatives is a needless distraction.
John McCain showed how easily this issue could be acknowledged, framed and dispensed with in two sentences:
"I believe in evolution. But I also believe, when I hike the Grand Canyon and see it at sunset, that the hand of God is there also."
That providing a concise response on evolution continues to trip up some conservative political leaders is silly. Mike Pence is too effective a voice on many of the issues most conservatives care passionately about to find himself getting bullied by the likes of Chris Matthews.
The sooner Pence and others calibrate their message along the lines of McCain's response the sooner they can use these media opportunities to talk about the fiscal and national security issues they would rather be discussing.
Crossposted at Conservatives for Science