Bear with us, as we attempt to read the entrails to determine what’s anticipated by the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute‘s creationist public relations and lobbying operation, the Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids, a/k/a the cdesign proponentsists).
It’s premature to reach any conclusions — the trial is still in its second day — but the two latest Discoveroid posts seem to be rather defensive in tone. The first is What David Coppedge Has Already Accomplished by Going to Trial, Even Before Opening Statements, by David Klinghoffer. That’s a very strange title, because if Coppedge goes to court and doesn’t win, then he hasn’t accomplished anything. That’s why it seems as if, even at this early date, the Discoveroids are already trying to spin this misadventure so that it somehow won’t look like a total defeat. Klinghoffer says, with bold font added by us:
The real question at this point is why NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab doesn’t just do what it takes to settle this case. What are they going to do, bring up witnesses to say that in the 14 years he worked there he somehow rubbed a few people the wrong way, out of 5,000 employees? Join the club. Especially at such a large federally funded quasi-academic organization, over so many years, who is not going to do that? Such places are not famous for their pleasant atmosphere.
No, David. The real question isn’t why JPL won’t settle. Rather, it’s why, after 14 years of working at JPL, Coppedge isn’t going to produce a single witness who worked with him and who will defend him. Think about it. We’ve reviewed all the pleadings in this case, and we’ve seen the witness lists. There’s no one at JPL who will testify in Coppedge’s favor. One more excerpt:
It’s a real David versus Goliath thing. JPL’s lawyers (three of them against Coppedge’s one) may have the polish and smooth talk and the government money but it sure seems like they don’t have much of an actual case.
Yeah, well, David and Goliath is a lovely tale, but no one would have ever heard of David if he hadn’t slain Goliath. So it’s a bit early to start crowing about what Coppedge has already accomplished. From our point of view, all he’s done so far is to lose his job; and he’s apparently made no friends at JPL all the while he’s been there. Quite an accomplishment.
The next Discoveroid post is David Coppedge and Attorney Take His Case to the Court of Public Opinion. The entire thing is about the interview of both Coppedge and his lawyer on Fox and Friends that we mentioned earlier. You can watch it here. This is what the Discoveroids say about that bright shining moment:
David Coppedge’s case goes to court this week: the court of public opinion. Today Coppedge and his attorney William Becker were on Fox News. The appearance was short but informative, allowing David to succinctly state his side of the case. He did very well.
That’s nice. The interview was a friendly, non-adversarial situation and the Discoveroids say that Coppedge “did very well.” But that doesn’t matter, does it? What tipped us off that the Discoveroids are anticipating a big loss is that they’re already referring to “the court of public opinion.” That’s what losers do, when they don’t win in the courtroom. And the Discoveroids already have that possibility on their minds.
We could be wrong, of course, but it looks to us as if the boys in Seattle are already bracing for defeat. They should be used to that by now.
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