In 2004, Senator John F. Kerry (D) from Massachusetts ran for President. One of the many impressions people had of Senator Kerry was that he was extremely superior intellectually to current President George W. Bush. One of the reasons given was the manner in which President Kerry spoke and explained things - with extreme care and 'nuance'. On the other side, many (including Best of the Web) argued that this so-called 'nuance' was nothing more than a common intellegentsia ploy: By explaining something in a long-winded, convoluted manner, a person could give off the impression of intelligence, while in fact, higher intelligence is truly shown by a leader who can explain things in a short, succint fashion - as did President Bush.
Another reason people thought Senator Kerry was smarter was the assumption that because President Bush was a 'simple' C student at Yale, he was clearly underqualified for the position of President of the United States. However, as it turns out, Senator Kerry was not only no better than the President, he was actually slightly worse. While the President carried a 77 average in his years at Yale, Senator Kerry's average finally ended up at 76 - even with a high grade of 89 in political science as a senior. In addition, while President Bush had just one 'D' in his career, Kerry had 5 - four as a freshmen, one as a sophomore. It's too bad Senator Kerry refused to release his records sooner - it may have made the public's choices clearer in the last election.