The obligatory “Rick Perry got C’s and D’s in college” post
posted at 7:30 pm on August 5, 2011 by Allahpundit
Via HuffPo, of course. Not only did he get C’s and D’s, he got a C in, er, gym and a D in … economics. Think that’ll give swing voters pause if/when they’re weighing Texas’s record of job creation against the economic magic of Hopenchange?
One reason that might explain his hostility toward [Texas's public university] system: He didn’t do very well in it. A source in Texas passed The Huffington Post Perry’s transcripts from his years at Texas A&M University. The future politician did not distinguish himself much in the classroom. While he later became a student leader, he had to get out of academic probation to do so. He rarely earned anything above a C in his courses — earning a C in U.S. History, a D in Shakespeare, and a D in the principles of economics. Perry got a C in gym…
“A&M wasn’t exactly Harvard on the Brazos River,” recalled a Perry classmate in an interview with The Huffington Post. “This was not the brightest guy around. We always kind of laughed. He was always kind of a joke.”
Follow the first link up top for his transcript; when HuffPo speculates about his “hostility” to the state’s university system, they’re referring to his attempt to make it more efficient and profitable. What else could be driving an initiative as nefarious as that except a grudge?
Needless to say, this is a bit of early meme-building by the left in case Perry catches fire and emerges from the field. Obama needs something to run on next year, and by “something” I mean “anything but his record.” As one Democratic pollster told the LA Times, “It’s not going to be 2008 ‘Yes, we can’ anymore. I think it’s going to be slash-and-burn.” What you’re seeing here is a partial preview of their two-pronged line of attack if Perry wins the nomination: One, he’s a religious fanatic, and two, he’s a dumb hick. In other words, he’s what the left always thought Bush was but even more so. And of course he’s a terrorist, but that goes without saying.
Exit question: If we’re going to have a “who’s smarter?” election, isn’t it time to finally put Obama’s college and law school transcripts out there? Seeing all those A’s and B’s would help take the edge off nine-percent unemployment. Maybe HuffPo will dig ‘em up. Or maybe not: Byron York flags the following passage from a HuffPo blogger’s post back in May when Trump was demanding Obama’s college records. Enjoy.
At the moment we have only Obama’s statements, in his own writings, about what sort of student he was. We do know that he attended a high-ranking elite private school in Hawaii, where the demands on students were considerable. But even if he was not at the top of his class, it’s important to recognize that many students who do poorly early on excel later, often making significant contributions. Should we demonize them and Obama for their early school standings?…
What can we learn from all this? Mr. Obama: Don’t show us your school transcripts. Whether outstanding or not they don’t matter. Let’s focus on the now!
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