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Brooks Gets ‘Naked’ on Cruz

David Brooks, establishment Republican opinion slinger for The New York Times and Public Broadcasting, thinks Ted Cruz is not just ambitious, but nakedly ambitious. 

Following Richard Viguerie’s endorsement of Ted Cruz last week, Brooks wrote an establishment hit piece claiming, “Cruz is surging as the figurehead of the rich and interlocked Counter Establishment.” 

David BrooksFor conservatives who don’t read Brooks, his article is a jewel of an insight to establishment thought. 

“Ted Cruz,” writes Brooks as if he were chronicling the senator’s entire life, “has always stood out for being nakedly ambitious for himself.” 

Brooks, for those who don’t remember or know, drew deserved mockery for telling a New Republic writer about the first time he met then-Senator Barack Obama: “I remember distinctly an image of--we were sitting on his couches, and I was looking at his pant leg and his perfectly creased pant . . . and I’m thinking, a) he’s going to be president and b) he’ll be a very good president.” 

It’s even sillier in retrospect. To paraphrase Dr. Phil, how’s that working out for America? 

To convince readers about Cruz’s naked ambition, Brooks writes how Cruz “was always drawn to establishment institutions: Princeton, Harvard Law,” and how Cruz “learned tennis to get a clerkship with Justice William Rehnquist.” 

Brooks obviously wants his readers to believe that Cruz needed to learn tennis to get a prestigious judicial clerkship. That would be devilishly ambitious in Washington, where the accepted games to get ahead are golf and Hide-the-Pork. 

Famed liberal Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, however, called Cruz “off the charts brilliant,” and that he was “[o]ne of the sharpest students I had . . . I’ve had 10,000 students over my 50 years at Harvard . . . he has to qualify among the brightest of the students.” 

Cruz, the son of Cuban refugees, had no country club membership growing up, and worked extra jobs to help put himself through Ivy League schools. If only he had learned to press his slacks better he’d be an American success story, quite possibly presidential material, but alas, he’s merely a climber in the world of David Brooks. 

Brooks also writes, “According to The Boston Globe, a female law student who was giving [Cruz] a ride was shocked when he quickly asked her about her I.Q. and SAT scores.” 

That “female law student” is Melissa Hart, now a liberal law professor at liberal University of Colorado Law School. She’s an Obama donor, pro-gay marriage debater, and recognized as an “expert” in employment discrimination. Work that she is currently developing includes “[a]rguing that the Affordable Care Act should be understood as a civil rights measure and that the civil rights commitments underlying the law offer additional support for its constitutional legitimacy.”  

That must have been a heck of a car ride conversation. 

Hart may not be as nakedly ambitious as Cruz, but she ran for the University of Colorado Board of Regents just five years out of law school, and this year sought appointment to the Colorado Supreme Court. 

In perhaps the best line from the Brooks hit piece he writes, “In Washington and maybe in life, there are many more Kind Machiavellians than Selfish ones.”  

Tell that one to the generations who will be paying the trillions of dollars in debt created by Washington, who lost constitutional liberties under Brooksonian Republicans, and whose promise of a better America was destroyed by those “Kind Machiavellians” who selfishly put their political power ahead of the interests of these future generations. 

In Richard Viguerie’s endorsement of Ted Cruz he writes: 

One of the oft-repeated criticisms of Ted Cruz is that he is not well-liked by the grey beards of the Capitol Hill Republican establishment. 

I am reminded that the same was said of Ronald Reagan, that the DC establishment would never support him – and they didn’t because he wanted to end the go-along-get-along system that allows both Democrats and establishment Republicans to buy votes at the taxpayers’ expense. 

If Ted Cruz is ambitious, give us many more like him. And, make them nakedly ambitious.

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