If Ted Cruz is a wacko bird, does that make McCain an angry pig…?
If, forced at gunpoint, I had to choose the two most important fixtures of America’s political life, I’d pick the Ivy League and a pathological tendency to mythmaking. In the last 25 years, we haven’t had a single presidential candidate who’s avoided the Ivies entirely; with regard to creation myths, it’s fairly clear that the American public loves a good story. (See: Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Mitch Daniel’s “drug mishap”, etc.)
The latest contender—and apparent pretender to the Oval Office—is Ted Cruz, our certifiably insane Republican senator from Texas. Unfortunately for everyone, his particular brand of crazy is neither lovable nor benign: the man has an agenda that appears to include paralyzing his own party, killing Americans under the guise of protecting Second Amendment rights/repealing the Affordable Care Act, and robbing the government of its ability to function via filibuster or vote. And don’t worry, he’ll tell you all about it.
Today, GQ published a detailed portrait of Mr. Cruz that highlights his ability to self-mythologize (“He seems content accomplishing nothing because, in Cruz’s view of the federal government, nothing is the accomplishment.”), antagonize his fellows (“John McCain…”[…]fucking hates Cruz,” one adviser of the Arizona senator told me.”), and terminal narcissism (“Every one of these guys thinks he’s the smartest guy in the room,” one senior Democratic aide told me. “But Cruz is utterly incapable of cloaking it in any kind of collegiality. He’s just so brazen.”). It’s the kind of thing you have to read to really believe.
I could go on, but, given IvyGate’s focus on news related to the Ancient Eight, I’d like to direct your attention to a quote that you’d be forgiven for overlooking (due to the other utterly ridiculous things in the profile):
The elite academic circles that Cruz was now traveling in began to rub off. As a law student at Harvard, he refused to study with anyone who hadn’t been an undergrad at Harvard, Princeton, or Yale. Says Damon Watson, one of Cruz’s law-school roommates: “He said he didn’t want anybody from ‘minor Ivies’ like Penn or Brown.”
Here, I’d like to relay two facts: first, he’s a Tea Party darling (you know, the people known for their hate of elitists); second, he’s positioned himself as a serious challenger for the 2016 GOP primary race. So, not only is he a hypocrite, but we’ll definitely be seeing him again. “Lesser ivies”—take note.