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Sen. Ted Cruz, in another 2010 speech, showing just how obsessed with socialism he is.
Canadian-born U.S. Sen. Ted "Calgary" Cruz is not denying or backing down from the report, in the New Yorker, that President Barack Obama would have made a good president of Harvard Law School because "There were fewer declared Republicans in the faculty when we were there than Communists! There was one Republican. But there were twelve who would say they were Marxists who believed in the Communists overthrowing the United States government." In fact, even though there's no video of the 2010 speech in which Cruz reportedly made those not-at-all-McCarthyist claims, he's defending the claim:
[A] spokesperson for Cruz is standing by the charges, claiming: “Senator Cruz’s substantive point was absolutely correct: in the mid-1990s, the Harvard Law School faculty included numerous self-described proponents of ‘critical legal studies’—a school of thought explicitly derived from Marxism—and they far outnumbered Republicans.”
In fact, this statement is kind of a recognition of just how full of shit Cruz's initial claim was: We've moved from 12 Harvard Law School faculty who would have not only said they were Marxists but who actively, vocally believed in Communist revolution against the United States government to "numerous" faculty who as legal scholars participated in "a school of thought explicitly derived from Marxism." Violent overthrow and legal scholarship "derived from" Marxism—they're two different things.

Cruz's office is applying the Republican rule of youthful indiscretions (it's a youthful indiscretion if I did it at 41, an outrage if you did it ever) to Cruz's comments, calling it "curious" that we're talking about something Cruz said way back in 2010 even as Cruz has been smearing Chuck Hagel over things Hagel said as far back as 2000.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 12:27 PM PST.

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