Ted Cruz often cites his father as living proof of the American dream. An immigrant from Cuba, Rafael Cruz slaved away as a dishwasher ("Since he liked to eat seven days a week, he worked seven days a week") to pay for his education at the University of Texas, putting him on the road to one day owning his own small business. What Cruz doesn't mention is the next step in his father's American Dream: raising a son who would attend the very best schools in America and look down upon everyone else with a nauseating, unthinkable smugness. GQ reports:
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."
Senator Cruz was reached for comment this morning: