Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) gets the GQ treatment in the October issue, on newsstands Tuesday. Among the highlights in the profile of the “Tea Party” hero:
– The former Texas solicitor general avoided wearing his black ostrich-skin cowboy boots to the Supreme Court, because the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist was a stickler for attire — but after John Roberts took over, he says, “I guess I was feeling a little cheeky, because I took the opportunity to ask ‘Mr. Chief Justice, do you have any views on the appropriateness of boots as footwear at oral argument?’. . . Roberts chuckled and he said, ‘You know, Ted, if you’re representing the state of Texas, they’re not only appropriate, they’re required.’”
– He’s totally owning the “wacko bird” insult lobbed his way by John McCain. “The tchotchke he was most excited to show me, however, was a black baseball cap with a picture of Daffy Duck next to the words WACKO BIRD. Supporters back in Texas made it, Cruz said, grabbing the hat from its prominent perch on his bookshelf. ‘Isn’t it great?’”
– In his office, he keeps a giant oil painting of himself making his first oral arguments before the Supreme Court, which he lost. “I’ve always enjoyed the fact that as I’m sitting at my desk, I’m looking at a giant painting of me getting my rear end whipped 9–0. . . It is helpful for keeping one grounded.”
– A Harvard Law classmate claims that Cruz, a Princeton man, refused to study with anyone who hadn’t gone to Harvard, Princeton or Yale. “He said he didn’t want anybody from ‘minor Ivies’ like Penn or Brown,” Damon Watson tells the magazine.
– He is a genius at the art of the humblebrag. On the time that he gave a commencement address at Berkeley, “It so happened that that attracted protesters. . . They were very, very upset that I had defended the Ten Commandments in Texas, and the Pledge of Allegiance. And my wife Heidi’s comment upon hearing them, as she looked at me and she said, ‘You know, you’re not nearly important enough to protest.’ ”
Read the full story at GQ.com: Ted Cruz, the Distinguished Wacko Bird from Texas
Earlier, in The Washington Post: Ted Cruz: Savior or bane of the Republican party?, 8/21/13