Grading on the curve. Participation trophies. Signs of the times, and of Democrat presidents.
Although I cannot find it on the Intertubz, I swear I remember Billy-Bob Clinton, shortly after his Initial Immaculation, babbling about how he worked his hardest, swear!, but just couldn’t find a way to lower the middle-class taxes, as he promised during his campaign, so instead he was going to raise ’em. But he tried really, really hard!
Now we have another Democrat screwup, scooting around the Cincinnati airwaves, wailing about how really, really hard he’s been trying, only to be smacked around by those wascally wepublicans, and that’s why everybody’s out of work and broke. But he tried really, really hard!
When my students begged me to release them from objective measurement against known standards, or to grade on the curve, I just laughed at them. My curve was easy: 90% or better gets an A, 80%-89% a B, etc. No fiddling with the arithmetic, just add up your points, divide by perfection, and there’s your grade. Same thing when my kids played sports, participation trophies, the kind given for being on a team and showing up, were disdained. But a championship award, even a second place, now you’re talking achievement; you know, the result of what we used to call ‘hard work’.
So it appears that Jug-Ears is wanting us to grade him on the curve and award him reelection as a participation trophy; ignore his multiple failures, disgraceful behavior and jaw-dropping scandals–he tried really, really hard! If I wasn’t so put off by the guy, I’d almost start feeling a little sorry for him. But then again, probably not.