Marquette Warrior: John Kerry: Lackluster Student

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

John Kerry: Lackluster Student

Liberal elitists like to flatter themselves by believing that they are the smart people, and that those who disagree with them must be dumb, or uneducated, or unenlightened boobs. So how are they going to spin this?

According to the Boston Globe, John Kerry’s undergraduate grades at Yale were virtually identical to those of George Bush.
WASHINGTON — 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.

Kerry, who graduated two years before Bush, got a cumulative 76 for his four years, according to a transcript that Kerry sent to the Navy when he was applying for officer training school. He received four D’s in his freshman year out of 10 courses, but improved his average in later years.
All this echos the 2000 election, in which the mainstream media portrayed Al Gore as a distinguished intellectual, and Bush as a doofus. In reality, Gore was a poor student who flunked out of divinity school.

The simple fact is that assessments of intelligence are heavily culturally biased. We all tend to think that people who agree with us are smarter than those who don’t.

So the next time you hear a bunch of liberals deride Bush for being “dumb” or “stupid,” take note of the fact that you are hearing people who may or may not be reasonably bright, but who are certainly intensely provincial.


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