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Ted Cruz: Texas’ newest McCarthyite

Periodically we patriotic Texans are reminded why the late Molly Ivins said: “I dearly love the state of Texas, but I consider that a harmless perversion on my part, and discuss it only with consenting adults.” In the recent Republican presidential primary campaign, the entire nation, to our embarrassment, learned what we already knew about the Lone Star State’s longest-serving governor. As if that weren’t mortifying enough, the first Latino Senator sent by Texas to the U.S. Senate, where Sam Houston and Lyndon Johnson once served, has turned out to be not only a Tea Party crank but also an old-fashioned red-baiter.

According to Jane Mayer in the New Yorker, Senator Ted Cruz claims that when he studied at Harvard Law in the early 1990s, there were “twelve” communists on the faculty who “believed in the overthrow of the U.S. Government.” Cruz has justly been compared to Wisconsin Senator Joe McCarthy, who exploited the red scare of the early Cold War to go after liberals, until he finally went too far and accused the U.S. army of being a hotbed of pro-Soviet subversion.

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