Now that the Hubble control unit ground spare has failed qualification testing, and the repair mission is headed for the fate of Apollo 18, one has to ask if maybe the last guy to wear clothes on the 9th floor on E Street maybe wasn't so dumb after all?
What if the $1B+ spent to prepare this mission and the rescue back-up had instead been spent on:
A brand new Hubble II?
Acceleration of the James Webb telescope to shorten the "other gap."
Man-rating EELVs (with change back on the $)?
Or maybe just a new wardrobe and a lifetime gift certificate at the Olive Garden for the Emperor and his minions?