From a comment by Eli at Our Changing Climate, two thoughts about the Wegman Report, which pretty much capture the Rabett's POV
"The absolute disqualifying thing about the Wegman report is how it wandered into areas where none of the authors had a clue and worse, into areas which had nothing at all to do with their charge. In particular the presence of the social network analysis sections were, to be nice about it, strange absent crude ax grinding. To be not nice about it the rampant plagiarism in those sections showed that Wegman and Said were not to be trusted (Scott played little role in that area).
Another issue which is not much discussed is that silly claim that “bad math” invalidates good data. Tell it to Feynman. QED with its subtractions of infinities is on very shaky mathematical grounds. The Dirac delta function is another example of a mathematical trick introduced on practical grounds to solve a set of physical problems but with shaky formal underpinnings.
We can find numerous examples of useful mathematics and statistics which were not bulletproof, but were useful for non-pathological data sets.
Wegman was a partisan on a mission. Said appears to have been a willing henchgirl, and not a very clever one at that."Wegman? Wegman is the little guy sweeping up behind the elephant.
(Images from the US Forest Service and the Republican Party of the US)