The Corner

Bright College Years

The Daily Beast has a hit piece about Senator Ted Cruz’s time at Princeton. Probably because he’s–Corner readers know what’s coming next!–an old friend of mine (in all subsequent posts I’m just saying a.o.f.o.m. and linking to this one), I’ve got a few more thoughts than it deserves:

1) The denouement of the poker story, of which I was wholly unaware, makes me like him a bit more, which was clearly not the intended effect.

2) The Beast needs to pick a story. Either he was well-liked or people thought he was creepy. (My own recollection tends toward the former but then it would.) I’ve rarely heard of people getting both labels.

3) Liberal hit pieces on Cruz need to pick a story. Dana Milbank tells us Cruz is an opportunist pretending to be an ideologue; the Beast says he’s always been a nutter.

4) So the Beast found some classmates of Cruz at Princeton who think he’s too ideologically rigid to be a good president. (No doubt their own political views are delightfully eclectic.) So what?

5) Everyone you went to college with now counts as a “colleague” of yours?

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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