Ted Cruz celebrated Republican victories across the country at Harvard Law School in November 1994. He marked off George W. Bush’s win in the Texas governor’s race.
Interviews with more than two dozen alumnae and professors fill in a portrait of Cruz, in Cambridge two decades ago, that would be fully recognizable to those who know him now in Washington. He made a lasting impression as someone both arrogant and pretentious, as well as someone unwilling to yield or compromise.
But he was also universally respected for his intellect, described by friend and foe alike as brilliant but with a hard edge.