04 Sep '11, 12pm

Do book smarts matter in politicians?

IT'S a foolish question, asking how smart a politician is. It's too vague. It ignores all the different wrinkles of intelligence and ways to measure it, along with the debatable link between brain power as it's typically defined and skilled governance in terms of actual results. It's a vessel for prejudices, a stand-in for grievances. And yet it comes back around almost every election cycle, as it's doing now. Meet Rick Perry. At Texas A&M University, his grades were so poor he was on academic probation. He flunked advanced organic chemistry, which, in his defense, sounds eminently flunkable. He got a C in animal breeding, which doesn't. For a "principles of economics" course, he attained a glittering D, as The Huffington Post detailed. You won't be hearing him mention that much amid all his talk about Texas jobs creation. His academic background, coupled with his rejectio...

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