Econ today is more data-driven, far less politically conservative, and in general much more like engineering than it used to be.
In actual engineering, political viewpoints are irrelevant. That’s how you know that economics isn’t engineering. The idea of being a conservative or liberal engineer doesn’t even make sense. And engineering is also more data-driven than it used to be. So is every other field of study, thanks to modern computing power. Moneyball. Nate Silver and the 2012 POTUS election. Climate science (even for non-scientists). NSA.