Posted By LambChop
Interesting how the mainstream media publication The Daily Beast has been confronted with the public existence of then Senator and now President Obama since 1997 and yet all we have is one photo of a roommate that most thought was Obama’s gay Pakistani lover. Oh yes, we have been regaled with stories of drug dependency, dog eating, composite girlfriends and fake birth certificates plus a strange Connecticut social security number that originally belonged to an elderly white man. But we know very little about Obama – no parents, no transcripts, no solid pile of records, no friends willing to speak. Most people under the age of 55 have all kinds of records. And people who knew them throughout their lives.
For instance, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, has lots of folks who know/knew him (present company included). We know his church friends, school buddies, coworkers and parents, what he likes to eat, what he prefers to wear, what music he likes –we have even seen his birth certificate.
But unlike Obama, Cruz by virtue of his Cuban surname and impeccable record of lifetime achievement, has become BOGEYMAN #1 to the left. When you have no facts, no dirt, no intelligent argument to dispute your opponent what is the next best thing? Paint him as extreme – “creepy” and “argumentative”.
The Daily Beast has accomplished JUST that. Because there are people who actually remember Ted Cruz, there were lots of folks to choose from to interview. So The Beast simply found a couple of folks (TWO) who were threatened by or jealous of Cruz and quoted them.
On Obama, noted Professor Henry Graff said this: “I taught at Columbia for 46 years…I don’t consider him a Columbia student. I have no idea what he did on the Columbia campus. No one knows him.”
We are all still waiting for Obama’s thesis to appear, but we do have Cruz’s entitled Clipping the Wings of Angels focusing on the 9th and 10th amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The title is a reference to a quotation by James Madison in the Federalist Papers saying in part that, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.”
So let’s get some quotes from those who knew Ted Cruz “best”
Some guy named Mazin:
- “Even in 1988, he was politically extreme in a way that was surprising to me.”
- “I would end up fielding the [girls’] complaints: 'Could you please keep your roommate out of our hallway?'"
- “He had a book in Spanish and the title was Was Karl Marx a Satanist? And I thought, who is this person?”
- “We should be afraid that someone like that has power.”
- “I would rather have anybody else be the president of the United States. Anyone. I would rather pick somebody from the phone book.”
Erik Leitch, who lived in Butler College with Cruz:
- “It was my distinct impression that Ted had nothing to learn from anyone else.”
- “The only point of Ted talking to you was to convince you of the rightness of his views. More than anyone I knew, Ted seemed to have arrived in college with a fully formed worldview.”
- “And what strikes me now, looking at him as an adult and hearing the things he's saying, it seems like nothing has changed. Four years of an Ivy League education, Harvard Law, and years of life experience have altered nothing."
Four “unnamed sources who supposedly knew Cruz:
- The possibility of Cruz running for president, a notion that one, who did not want to be quoted speaking against a former classmate who is now a senator, called notion “horrifying.”
- They called Cruz “abrasive,” "intense," “strident,” “crank,” and “arrogant." Four independently offered the word “creepy,” with some pointing to Cruz’s habit of donning a paisley bathrobe and walking to the opposite end of their dorm’s hallway where the female students lived.
The hit piece article surmised that Cruz was “disliked.”
Well except for only one guy-David Panton. Panton was Cruz’s debate partner on Princeton’s renowned debate squad and roommate for the remainder of their time at Princeton and later at Harvard Law School from which Cruz graduated magna cum laude. Cruz and Panton were the top 2 college debaters in the county.
“Unlike what others may say, I consider Ted to be very kind. He is a very, very gentle-hearted person. He took me under his wing and was a mentor to me. He was very kind to me. I am a much smarter and much better person today because of Ted Cruz…He's not someone who shifts in the wind. The Ted Cruz that I knew at 17 years old is exactly the same as the Ted Cruz I know at 42 years old. He was very conservative then, and an outspoken conservative. He remains strongly conservative today."