This is a little behind the times, but my life has been pretty baby-centric lately. Forgive me.
This story made the rounds a month or so back, talking about John Kerry and George W. Bush's respective GPAs at Yale. Kerry's cumulative grade was a 76, while Bush scored a 77. As I recall, it set off a volley of true shock and awe amongst the left side of journalism ("You mean Bush might be - GULP - smarter?") and general smugness from the right side ("I told you so! Nyaaah!").
This story bugged for a good long time, but not for either of the reasons above. Then, the other day, it hit me.
The real issue here, the one overlooked by most media coverage I encountered, isn't a "who's smarter?" thing. It is, in fact, that the two people deemed most worthy of running the country were C students! And please don't feed me any BS about how great Yale is, and that a C there is equivalent to a higher grade someplace else and blah, blah, blah. A C is a C, people (or, if you're an Objectivist, C=C), and that is, at best, merely average. And people wonder why mediocrity runs rampant in American society these days. We reward it, fer cryin' out loud! Gaaaah!
Is it too much to ask that we limit higher offices to, at the very least, a bare minimum of B+?