Magazine April 11, 2016, Issue

A Friend in the Arena

Ted Cruz speaks in Barrington, N.H., February 8, 2016. (Cassi Alexandra/for the Washington Post via Getty)
What’s it like when a friend of yours runs for president?

It’s strange enough to have a friend in the U.S. Senate. There are only 100 of them, in a nation of 300 million–plus. To have a friend running for president is even stranger.

When Ted Cruz was elected to the Senate, I called up another friend, David Pryce-Jones, in London. He is my National Review colleague as well. I said, “Did there come a time when your classmates at Eton and Oxford began to be elected to Parliament, and serve in ministerial positions?” “Yes,” he said. “Was it strange?” I said. “Yes,” he said.

But look: When you go to Eton and

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Books, Arts & Manners


Politics & Policy


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The Week

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The Long View

Final Bulletin

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