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Rick Perry's College Transcript A Warning To All Aspiring Politicians

Aug 5, 2011

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If you're a college student who harbors the thought of going into politics one day here's a word of advice: study. And for those who already do, here are two more words of counsel: study harder.

Because if you ever enter politics, you may one day think about running for president. And if you do decide to run, your college grades could become an issue, especially if they're mediocre.

That's what Texas Gov. Rick Perry is learning the hard way, now that what's reportedly his college transcript is on the Internet for the eyes of Texas and the world to gaze upon, courtesy of the Huffington Post.

He was well acquainted with Bs, Cs and Ds. A pre-veterinary student, he got an F in organic chemistry. While many people won't hold that against him, it may help explain why he's not a practicing veterinarian today.

Perry's grades could be a problem since they help to reinforce the narrative about him that when it comes to intellect, he's all hat and no cattle, so to speak.

It's interesting to speculate how this transcript became public. Was this courtesy of an opposition research operation by an announced candidate for the Republican nomination? (Perry hasn't announced but the smart money is on him doing so.)

Or was this a Democratic oppo hit? Perhaps it was someone in Texas' public higher education system upset with Perry for wanting the non-profit universities to run like for-profit corporations that sell consumer products?

Whatever the case, students with transcripts like his are definitely acquainted with prayer in the classroom.

Speaking of prayer, NPR's John Burnett did a piece for Morning Edition on Perry's controversial religious revival meeting scheduled for Saturday in Houston at the Reliant Center. It's an extraordinary move for a governor contemplating a White House run to be at the center of such an event. If Perry does announce a run, his revival meeting could become a big issue.

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