Take for instance one of those asian hot air balloons made out of paper, that are lifted up in the air during festivals, one can ask why doesn't the wind blow out the flame and set the framework to fire? It's because the balloon travels along with the wind at the same speed, so every part of the unit travels within the same space and time frame.
If you look at the set up of the Michelson-Morley Experiment it uses two 'banks' how can this ever been taken as a reference, two solid standing banks while the Aether just flows by? Aren't the mirrors and detectors going along with the flow, just like all the parts of the hot air balloon? (Here is an animation of the MME where it's possible to adjust the settings)
I believe that science at that time was in 'a high' for finding the constant speed of light, but when the experimental search for Aether Wind didn't gave the result they expected, the revolutionaries boldly threw out the whole Aether concept. An other factor were Einstein's theories, where light can be seen as a constant to define space, it reduced the mathematical need for an Aether, but that doesn't mean that we no longer should take it in account.
Aether why? Because it simply has to be. How can a proton attract an electron if there is no medium through which forces are transmitted? There is only one type of current generator, and that is the action of compressing and decompressing mater, be it wind or aether, generating suction or a blowing things forward, affecting it's surroundings by pulling or pushing things to or from the generator. In a flow the interaction can speeds up of slowing things down, both can be seen as a negative (-) or a positive (+) force.
Take for instance a look at the classical fan, or the more modern Dyson Air Multiplier Fan, these turbines both suck and blow wind. btw note that the Dyson actually also has a propeller (8) inside.
p.s. There are also some more serious people considering Ether, check National Geographic's article: Dark Matter's Rival: Ether Theory Challenges "Invisible Mass"