The Boston Globe has an article on John Kerry's recently released Yale grades. Humorously, after all the sturm and drang of him supposedly being an intellectual titan to George Bush's dim-wittedness, his GPA was actually a notch lower than George's at Yale. Personally, I could care less - grades are important for getting into grad school or that first job out of college. I can't even imagine GPA coming up much in assessing one's suitability for a job in his forties or fifties.
Anyway, the point I take from this is more about grade inflation that suitability for the presidency. Both Kerry and Bush got a selection of D's, C's, and B's, and no A's. And while these may have not been standout grades, they certainly didn't seem to be out of the norm for the time. My question: Does any student today who can fog a mirror in the Ivy League today get grades this low? My guess is no.
Postscript: By the way, Kerry released his military records (which were the source of the Yale grades) and there does not appear to be any ticking time bombs in it. In fact, there are several pieces of information that would have helped him in the campaign, including commendations from several of his swift boat vet critics. Why in the hell did he drag his feet on this and give the Republicans a free campaign issue?