Both the enemies of Republican presidential candidates and the enemies of Democratic presidential candidates are indulging in yet another predictable, pointless food fight about intelligence: who haz it? Who don’t? And why do we care about college transcripts from 40 years ago?
First of all, let me be among the first to confess that I was a smug smartypants back in 1999-2000 who just couldn’t believe that anyone with a C-average had the chutzpah to run for President of the United States in the first place, let alone that anyone else would vote for him. Was my face red–for the next eight years! Much to my surprise, I discovered that in the end, the smug disapproval of college professors didn’t amount to a hill of beans when it comes to political opinion in this country. My bad!
Well, liberals as well as some conservatives are getting in on the action this time around. First, Tenured Radical alerted me to the leaked Texas A&M transcripts of Texas Governor Rick Perry. I completely agree with her that college grades are a foolish thing to prattle on about, especially considering that most Americans haven’t gone to college at all. (It’s almost as clueless and pointless as noting that a candidate used the wrong fork for the salad course, or that he doesn’t know how to tie his own bow ties. Maybe so, but the complainer looks and sounds like an insufferable snob.) Then I read an article by Bret Stephens that suggested that President Obama is perhaps kind of dim because he keeps insisting that his policies are working when plainly they haven’t. I don’t agree with the author that Obama is “stupid,” but I think it’s fair to wonder what’s up with a presidency whose main policy objective seems to be full employment only for Tim Geithner and friends. Continue Reading »