Those of you holding out false Hope for a quick puff of white smoke out of the D Street chimney have probably turned blue, dropped over, and well, probably are not reading this. The rest of us, who know that the more things change, the more they stay the same, also know that our beloved space program is not very high on leadership radar, except for the month preceding a close election. Once the White House is in the bag, the priority level falls to generally the same level as keeping campaign promises.
And so the wait continues.
Being headless, however, the minions are not waiting to push on up the trail to ignomy. Parts are now arriving at KSC for the upcoming ARES-1X debacle. Of course, the parts are arriving now because they were bought off the shelf in a fire sale and are being applied to tasks for which they are not qualified. Give them credit, they didn't waste our taxpayer dollars on something that won't matter in the upcoming spectacle. And if you don't have to qualify the systems, you can certainly skip that part of the schedule, too.