Which C Student Did You Vote For?
Included in Senator John Kerry's Navy records, which he finally allowed to be released, were his Yale undergraduate grades. Now, I don't want to be partisan here, but, based on college grades, there was no mental heavy lifting in 2004's Presidential race. According to the Boston Globe:
Kerry had four D's in his freshman year (three in history classes). Bush had only one (astrology).
Neither Kerry nor Bush had an A for any class. Kerry's highest grade was an 89 (political science class), and Bush had three classes in which he scored an 88 (anthropology, history and philosophy).
Bush's cumulative GPA was a 78, while Kerry's was a 77.
Kerry's best grades his freshman year were in (no surprises here) a political science (high C - 79) and French class (77).
It would have been nice to have had this information in the election cycle. Based on the ancient history of college life, Bush had a slight edge in the academic department.
Most interesting to me: I think that Bush has, as President anyhow, shown a true appreciation for history and political philosophy. That is consistent with his best grades at Yale, though they were only a high B. Kerry, on the other hand, did well in what I would have expected -- French and politics.
Now, is there any doubt who has the uglier college picture? Kerry's photo makes me thing two words: mouth breather.