GQ: Ted Cruz Was a Self-Important Asshole in Law School

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Ted Cruz did not make the cover of the October issue of GQ, an honor reserved for The Wire's Idris Elba. That's probably for the best. The appearance of Texas' junior senator on the cover of a national magazine, this one not a political rag but one that defines itself as an arbiter of men's style, would be too much for liberals' brains to take.

Cruz does, however, make a lengthy appearance inside the magazine, where he's profiled by Jason Zengerle. It's a solid enough piece, but by this point the senator has been thoroughly mined by the national media, and the man that emerges is the same whip-smart, precocious, smug, grating, occasionally self-deprecating political wunderkind that has been described in a growing mountain of Cruz profiles.

Nevertheless, Zengerle does managed to uncover a couple of nuggets. One is his father's bankruptcy during the collapse of the Texas oil industry in the 1980s, a seldom-mentioned pothole on the family's road to success. The more entertaining tidbit is about his time in law school.

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."

Truly shocking. Now quick, everyone stop paying attention to him before he goes and runs for president.

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BettyC1
BettyC1

Cruz is a fool who got into college on affirmative action ride now he is against every thing. Republicans created him so they must live with him if they think America is voting for Cruz for President they are crazy he can talk for 30 days and 30 night with same result,nothing gained ,but press coverage.  

TexMarine
TexMarine

Wow, can't beat his arguments, destroy his image. Saul would be proud.

southwestfork
southwestfork

If I read Green Eggs and Ham and did nothing but mutter at my job for 21 straight hours I would be fired. I'm good for 6 or 7 tops. But still would be shown the door.

cantstanducla
cantstanducla

If it were called Caucasiacare, Cruz would be all for it.  Just sayin'.

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

Ted did a Great Job last nite and this morning on the Senate Floor.  now Cornyn, Ried, Graham, McConnall, and especially withered up loser old John McCain have show all their true colors...screw the public taxpayers....pass the democrap bill and shut up about it. 

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

Got my popcorn at the ready as Cruz and the Teabaggers stampede the GOP herd over the cliff over this ACA/Budget/Shutdown showdown! Keep it up, Tedster!

Obummer
Obummer

Yo uh, what diff – at dis here point, what diff do it make.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Why don't lawyers take Viagra?   Because it only makes them taller.

ElFlaco714
ElFlaco714

The character assassination is in full swing, three and a half years prior to the election.  The extreme left which controls the Commiecrat party must be very afraid of Senator Cruz.

hwy77
hwy77

Ted and the Tea Party; can this Ivy League and Duck Dynasty hook-up spawn a viable critter?  And will Ted grow a long beard?

jamessavik
jamessavik

How many lawyers are self important assholes?

Most of them that I've ever met. So why focus on Cruz. There's a whole profession that can be rightfully bashed for their arrogance.


Greg820
Greg820

Carnical Cruz is the classic narcissist.  Deprive him of an audience and he vanishes. 

boodgieman
boodgieman

So was he on the fence about Columbia, Dartmouth, and Cornell?

sec4040
sec4040

Amusing to read this. 

ruddski
ruddski

We're better off knowing very little about candidates, just as we are better off passing bills to find out what's in them.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

If we had fewer Harvard/Yale lawyers in political office we'd all be better of.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

the emaciated models of GQ are not tea-partiers?shocking.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Cruz apparently suffers from secondary ego diffusion and a narcissistic, megalo-maniacal personality disorder.

Getagrip
Getagrip

@TexMarine Said the intellectual giant from the Marine Corp....hahahaha.

Hey jughead!!!...you can't argue with crazy!!!!!

rorytrux
rorytrux

@rufuslevin He did an outstanding job! - of demonstrating to the world that he is not and never would have been Presidential material. Big fat greasy haired, self-serving, time-wasting, constituent-contempt, no-account, over-educated, degree-wasting loser.

rorytrux
rorytrux

@Obummer stop with the racist bs. You aren't funny. If you are so pathetic see your Dr. for some Xanax.

rorytrux
rorytrux

@hwy77 Ted Cruz and Ted Nugent for Prez/Veep. Now there is a winning ticket for the hoardes of mindless zombies.

James080
James080 topcommenter

@Sotiredofitall 

If we had fewer Harvard/Yale lawyers on the Supreme Court we would also be better off.

IckyTwirp
IckyTwirp

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz 

So Myrna is a psychologist when not top commenting on DO boards? Can't wait for your diagnoses of Pelosi, Reid, Biden, Bummer and most especially yourself. Since that won't ever happen maybe I should try instead:

"Unvarnished seekers of truth and beauty whose love of country and people always overrides political,financial and personal concerns." 

Your cat box is overflowing as usual darling and the ammonia scent will always be there...

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@everlastingphelps 

Too funny.  Watson couldn't find time to respond to the CA Bar's disciplinary action so they disbarred him, but he's got time to be in GQ solely because he slams Cruz.

And Watson is picked up by a slew of demagoguers, fore and aft with nary an ounce of  integrity or journalistic curiosity. . 

His 15 minutes could tun into an hour or two.  

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@everlastingphelps

not that Watson's problems with alcohol have any bearing to the discussion, the proclivity of cruz to hold his nose high and look down at others wasn't ascribed to Watson. from the article:

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."

Moose
Moose

@Getagrip Of course, you realize...you just committed the same logical fallacy TexMarine was pointing out, right?

rorytrux
rorytrux

@rufuslevin @James080 @Sotiredofitall I elect you Rufus. You go to the White House since you are so brilliant. You would be laughed back on the Greyhound bus the same day, you don't have the first clue about what is involved with governing or the office of the President.

yoka
yoka

@IckyTwirp I wondered where you went after "Slam Bang Theater".

IckyTwirp
IckyTwirp

Thank you for your inquiry. We're now in Belize on a corporate retreat.

rorytrux
rorytrux

@MrGuyMan @mavdog Ok, I admit it. I dislike him for many reasons. His shallowness is right up there at the top too.

MrGuyMan
MrGuyMan

@mavdogI'm not sure that "spin" is placing a set of facts in their proper context, then using reason to make a more plausible interpretation of said facts than the one presented.  The author here leaves out important contextual information that he knows the general public is unlikely to be aware of, and quoting disbarred lawyers to make his point. You are swallowing it whole because of your political persuasions. You simply discard the context because you think that the story "feels" true to you, regardless of the facts.

It's ok if you dislike Cruz because of his religion, race, or whatever. Just be honest about it, and don't pretend you're being objective when you're simply being partisan.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

 @mavdog @everlastingphelps I'm not the one that is showing problems with reading comprehension.

I didn't say he was disbarred for DUI, because he wasn't.  He was disbarred for misconduct surrounding his DUIs.  For disbarment, that's most likely either perjury or contempt.  Disbarment is not a trivial thing -- its analogous to a felony or a dishonorable discharge from the service.  It happens for serious preaches of good faith and honesty.

Frankly, no court would give significant weight to the testimony of a disbarred attorney, and neither to do I.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@MrGuyMan

nice attempt at spin.

apparently you also "judge a book by its cover". did you also look down at others who weren't a member of the club?

snobbery is not an attractive trait.

MrGuyMan
MrGuyMan

@mavdog

It isn't unrealistic to imagine that the top-tier Ivy grads were exactly the right to people to choose as 1L study group members. It only indicates shallowness or superficiality if you are utterly unfamiliar with the law school environment. It's entirely different than college or the garden-variety grad school program where everyone gets an A or a B. You, the writer of the article, the blogger, and I are in exactly the same position: we know nothing about the composition or relative intelligence of the members of the Harvard 1L class with which Cruz matriculated.

To you, the inference is that Cruz was using "labels," rather than "actually understanding others," but the more reasonable inference is that Cruz was simply being selective and smart about the people upon who he would rely as study partners in an environment where students are graded on a forced curve, and the top ten percent at the end of 1L year are rewarded with admission to the staff of the flagship law journal. The other ninety percent get to cry their eyes out when Spring grades are released.

Furthermore, regardless of the grounds for disbarment, I wouldn't accept the word of a disbarred attorney on the subject of the weather. If the GQ writer bases his article on the word of such a person, I know all I need to know about the writer and his politics to safely disregard his work in its entirety. 

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@MrGuyMan 

there's no attribution of the point. the story uses Watson's comment as support.

nobody should dispute the benefit of a person striving to associate themselves with bright people, or those who show a desire to get ahead.

the point is the shallow, superficial basis on which Cruz based who he would study with. lowly Penn grads? no way! those overacheivers from Williams or Amherst? fuhgetaboutit!

Cruz showed back then just how little thought he put into actually understanding others, and his desire to use labels to personally get ahead.

MrGuyMan
MrGuyMan

"Says Damon Watson, one of Cruz's law-school roommates: "He said he didn't want anybody from 'minor Ivies' like Penn or Brown."

Sure looks like an attribution to my eye. It seems like the prior sentence is merely a paraphrase of the Watson quote that follows. If you attended law school, you would understand how critically important is the membership of ones !L study group. It is actually quite sensible to seek out the cream of the crop when joining or assembling your study group, especially if you consider yourself to be one of those who might make law review. In some instances, it can make or break you. This is likely to be especially true where the stakes are extraordinarily high, as they are at Harvard Law. 

This story is less about Cruz and more about the fiercely competitive nature of law school, generally, and Harvard Law specifically. If you imagine Bill Clinton studied with Boise State grads, you're deeply inhaling what the former President claims he did not.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@everlastingphelps 

the author makes the statement, then adds the comment by Watson. The assertion that "he refused to study with anyone who hadn't been an undergrad at Harvard, Princeton or Yale" is NOT attributed to Watson, Watson's comment was secondary.

clearly English wasn't your best subject in school.

as for being disbarred, why would being disbarred due to a DUI have any bearing on the issue? does it connotate a lack of sincerity? of honesty? did he lie or steal from a client? no.

a DUI shows a failure to deal with one's substance issue. you're attempting to use it as a deflection from the failings of Cruz.

Cruz has character deficiencies. live with it.

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