More Predictable News Reporting Of Republican Presidential Candidates

When it comes to coverage of any Republican presidential candidate, there are no rules. Anything goes. A headline this morning at Politico says it all: "Is Rick Perry Dumb?" Jonathan Martin writes:

Doubts about Perry’s intellect have hounded him since he was first elected as a state legislator nearly three decades ago. In Austin, he’s been derided as a right-place, right-time pol who looks the part but isn’t so deep – “Gov. Goodhair.” Now, with the chatter picking back up among his enemies and taking flight in elite Republican circles, the rap threatens to follow him to the national stage.
“He’s like Bush only without the brains,” cracked one former Republican governor who knows Perry, repeating a joke that has made the rounds . . .
Didn't the media also question whether Bush had brains? I recall plenty of similar stories written about Bush when he first ran against Al Gore in 2000 and during his re-election campaign against John Kerry. When the Yale grade transcripts of both Bush and Kerry were made public, we learned that both were mediocre students with Bush earning a slightly higher GPA than Kerry. When John McCain ran against Obama in 2008, the media gladly reported that his grade transcripts from the U.S. Naval Academy showed he graduated near the bottom of his class. Rick Perry's grade transcripts from Texas A&M were publicly revealed before he even announced his campaign for president to make the case he was a poor student. Who knows what Obama's grades looked like in college? They remain under lock and seal for some strange reason. There is obviously something that Obama is hiding in his college records; otherwise, they would have long ago been made public.

UPDATE: Jack Cashill stumbled across a letter Barack Obama wrote while he was serving as editor of the Harvard Law Review in which he defended the school's affirmative action policy. Not surprisingly, Cashill found the letter was chock-full of grammatical errors.