Evidence from the student newspaper of Princeton’s college newspaper shows that the young Ted Cruz was a defender of women’s rights and not the anti-woman oaf.
Cruz favored instituting a patrol program at Princeton to cut down on violence and sexual assaults against women on campus, according to the Daily Princetonian on September 20, 1990.
Cruz also was a member of the campus safety committee on campus. He called for spending money to address the problem of date rape on campus instead of a costly $700,000 program to institute locks.
“Money should be spent on increasing proctor presence — especially in Prospect Gardens — and in an attempt to address the issue of date rape,” Cruz said to the Daily Princetonian in February 1991.
He thought date rape was such a serious problem that he gave multiple speeches against it. “I am very worried that administration concern for external crime is replacing concern for internal crime,” said committee member Ted Cruz. “The greater problem is date rape, or assaults by other students, which the planned system would do nothing to stop.”
Why mention this? Because there’s an effort afoot to make Ted Cruz look crazy based upon his past.
Yesterday the New York Times ran a hit piece by Jason Horowitz on Cruz’s past that suggested he was anti-woman based on the following anecdote.
In one debate, he proposed a method to detect infidelity, in which God should “give women a hymen that grows back every time she has intercourse with a different guy, because that will be a ‘visible sign’ of the breach of trust,” according to a recollection by David Kennedy published in a Harvard debate team reunion booklet in 2001. Mr. Kennedy’s debate partner mocked Mr. Cruz’s knowledge of the subject matter by contorting herself to see how the anatomy in question could be “visible,” according to the booklet.
The anti-Cruz remarks in the piece rely on two registered Democrats: Austan Goolsbee, a former advisor to Barack Obama, and a “David Kennedy,” who is probably the Harvard professor who backs the Marxist critical studies program.
This remark has been used to smear Cruz notes Charles C. W. Cooke in the media:
On his Twitter page, Politico’s Glenn Thrush sent out the quotation without explanation, and then watched with glee as his followers began to thrash around in anger and in outrage. At the Daily Kos, Barbara Morrill presented the line under the headline “Ted Cruz and the funny, magical hymen,” and insinuated that Cruz had been serious. Meanwhile, Talking Points Memo reported in earnest that “Ted Cruz Joked About Hymens While On The College Debate Circuit,” thereby transforming what was little more than an anecdote into a full-fledged news story.
This kind of analysis is also wrong. It doesn’t really discuss the amoral nature of the debate circuit or how arguments are awarded points for their cleverness.
The Horowitz piece also doesn’t mention how good a debater Ted Cruz actually was.
Here are a few headlines from the Daily Princetonian.
Cruz, Panton win first debate of the year (September 24, 1990)
Cruz, Panton earn rankings as nation’s top debate team (April 8, 1992)
Debate team holds unofficial national first-place ranking (February 21, 1991)
Tops in the country? It’s open to debate: Seniors Cruz and Panton prepare for national debate championships at MIT on April 24 (April 20, 1992)
Cruz selected first speaker at debate nationals in Boston (May 8, 1992)
But you wouldn’t know that from the Horowitz piece. You’d think Cruz was a poor debater who dislikes women and you’d be wrong.