Tuesday, June 07, 2005
On this day:

Not That It Matters, But...

Boston Globe: Yale grades portray Kerry as a lackluster student -- His 4-year average on par with Bush's By Michael Kranish
During last year's presidential campaign, John F. Kerry was the candidate often portrayed as intellectual and complex, while George W. Bush was the populist who mangled his sentences. But newly released records show that Bush and Kerry had a virtually identical grade average at Yale University four decades ago. In 1999, The New Yorker published a transcript indicating that Bush had received a cumulative score of 77 for his first three years at Yale and a roughly similar average under a non-numerical rating system during his senior year.
Ironically enough:
[Kerry's] top score was a 79, in another political science course. Another of his strongest efforts, a 77, came in French class.
I don't mean to imply that grades earned 40 years ago are relevant. The media, however, placed the intelligence of one candidate over another to such a degree that the comparison of their records was interesting.