That John McCain graduated 894 out of 899 students from the Naval Academy. That’s in the bottom 0.6%. Which is shocking to me. Especially since class rank takes into account grades, conduct, and leadership. I know this isn’t a political blog. And I am about to write a post bemoaning the lack of political diversity in sociology. But all that aside, this performance worries me. I was not a college super-star. But I was far from the VERY BOTTOM. It seems he barely got by, and was greatly helped by the fact that his father and grandfather were 4-star admirals in the navy. This makes Bush’s intellect seem downright impressive, by contrast (being in the middle of his class – right next to Kerry, in fact – something which was often overlooked).