Hard sciences are better than social sciences? Well, some pointed out, Sasse wouldn’t sign on with five other Republicans to a Democratic amendment in Congress declaring climate change is real and caused by humans. And he’s all too happy to throw around non-scientific terms like “partial-birth abortion” when it’s useful to his agenda. Economics > all other social sciences? Sasse just voted for a tax bill that only one of 42 top economists thinks would boost the economy.

And Sasse’s knock on the social sciences seems misplaced coming from a man who wrote a book about a self-invented sociological phenomenon: “The Vanishing American Adult,” subtitled with “Our Coming-of-Age Crisis.” Sasse, who has a bachelor’s degree in political science, has also been eager to cite social scientists in his writing and in interviews.