Ted Cruz Is America's Princeton Nightmare

Moneybox
A blog about business and economics.
Sept. 23 2013 10:22 AM

Ted Cruz Needs To Stop Trying to Make Princeton Happen

180224666
Sen. Ted Cruz went to Princeton. La-dee-da.

Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Dan Amira says that Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is the world's most condescending elitist, but while the elitism on display here is certainly reprehensible, it's reflective of a sad pathology all too common to the graduates of a certain university in New Jersey:

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."
Advertisement

Let me say first off: This is an insane attitude to have about life. Completely, utterly insane on every level.

On the other hand, if you are going to get into this kind of mindset, the fact of the matter is that there are two "major" Ivies, and Princeton is not one of them. Perhaps the clearest example of this misconception that Princeton alumni labor under was the BuzzFeed demolisticle "46 Signs You Went to Princeton." Sign No. 33 was: "You don’t know what it means to actually care about football when you’re not playing against Harvard or Yale." But nobody at Harvard or Yale cares about the Princeton game! It's the saddest thing. Once a year you see all these Tigers getting agitated about some football game nobody else even knows is happening.

There is an Ivy League, and there is a Harvard-Yale rivalry. Princeton is not a thing. I would suggest a rivalry with Penn.

Matthew Yglesias is the executive editor of Vox and author of The Rent Is Too Damn High.

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

Smash and Grab

Will competitive Senate contests in Kansas and South Dakota lead to more late-breaking races in future elections?

Stop Panicking. America Is Now in Very Good Shape to Respond to the Ebola Crisis.

The 2014 Kansas City Royals Show the Value of Building a Mediocre Baseball Team

The GOP Won’t Win Any Black Votes With Its New “Willie Horton” Ad

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?

Technocracy

Forget Oculus Rift

This $25 cardboard box turns your phone into an incredibly fun virtual reality experience.

One of Putin’s Favorite Oligarchs Wants to Start an Orthodox Christian Fox News

These Companies in Japan Are More Than 1,000 Years Old

Trending News Channel
Oct. 20 2014 6:17 PM Watch Flashes of Lightning Created in a Lab  
  News & Politics
Politics
Oct. 20 2014 8:14 PM You Should Be Optimistic About Ebola Don’t panic. Here are all the signs that the U.S. is containing the disease.
  Business
Moneybox
Oct. 20 2014 7:23 PM Chipotle’s Magical Burrito Empire Keeps Growing, Might Be Slowing
  Life
Dear Prudence
Oct. 21 2014 9:18 AM Oh, Boy Prudie counsels a letter writer whose sister dresses her 4-year-old son in pink tutus.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 20 2014 6:17 PM I Am 25. I Don't Work at Facebook. My Doctors Want Me to Freeze My Eggs.
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 20 2014 7:15 AM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 9 A spoiler-filled discussion of "Flatline."
  Arts
Brow Beat
Oct. 21 2014 10:10 AM Where Do I Start With Sleater-Kinney?
  Technology
Future Tense
Oct. 21 2014 9:39 AM The International-Student Revolving Door Foreign students shouldn’t have to prove they’ll go home after graduating to get a visa.
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Oct. 21 2014 7:00 AM Watch the Moon Eat the Sun: The Partial Solar Eclipse on Thursday, Oct. 23
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.