Okay, I know the title seems leading as if the answer should be, “Why yes, they should be,” but I’m genuinely posing the question.

Basically, is your academic prowess in your late teens and early 20s really important to being a viable presidential candidate?

Huff Post got ahold of the grades and they’re pretty bad.

Here’s more…

He rarely earned anything above a C in his courses — earning a C in U.S. History, a D in Shakespeare, and a D in the principles of economics. Perry got a C in gym.

Perry also did poorly on classes within his animal science major. In fall semester 1970, he received a D in veterinary anatomy, a F in a second course on organic chemistry and a C in animal breeding. He did get an A in world military systems and “Improv. of Learning” — his only two As while at A&M.

Basically, his story appears to be as such… He didn’t do very well in school so he went into the Navy and left a Captain in 1977. Not too shabby, but why did he leave? Doesn’t really matter because, not having many other prospects, he joined his dad’s cotton farming business and 7 years later ran for state office as a Dem. Since then he has done a complete political 180 and is one of the most conservative Republican candidates in the field, even going so far as claiming the Federal government should not be allowed to collect income tax.

Your thoughts?

Politics Rick Perry’s College Transcripts Cause For Concern?