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."
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.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Right Target
Why Obama’s airstrikes against ISIS may be more effective than people expect.
The One National Holiday Republicans Hope You Forget
It’s Legal for Obama to Bomb Syria Because He Says It Is
I Stand With Emma Watson on Women’s Rights
Even though I know I’m going to get flak for it.
Should You Recline Your Seat? Two Economists Weigh In.
It Is Very, Very Stupid to Compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice
Or, why it is very, very stupid to compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice.
In Defense of HR
Startups and small businesses shouldn’t skip over a human resources department.