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Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) once asserted that President Barack Obama is a communist who went to a college  (Harvard) run by communists. How would the Tea Party politician know? He too went to Harvard.

And while Sen. Cruz’s comments are shocking and bold, they weren’t uttered yesterday or even last week, but more than two years ago. 

Sen. Cruz  made those comments in 2010, but they resurfaced in a story last week by The New Yorker in the wake of Cruz’s extreme questioning of Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel. Conclusion: he’s back to stirring that anti-communist pot again.

“[President Obama] would have made a perfect president of Harvard Law School,” Cruz said years ago. “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.”

He added, “[President Obama is] the most radical [person] ever to occupy the Oval Office.”

“Regardless, 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,” Cruz spokesperson Catherine Frazier told The Blaze of the story dug up by The New Yorker.

His colleagues are seeing in him a new Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy due to those rather harsh accusations when he was questioning Hagel before the Senate Armed Services Committee recently. Cruz’s comments were especially McCarthy-like with his remarks about the Secretary of Defense collecting “speaking fees from North Korea” and his support from Iran.

“[This reminds me of] a different time and place, when you said, ‘I have here in my pocket a speech you made on such-and-such a date,’ and of course there was nothing in the pocket,” Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) said, referring to but not actually mentioning McCarthy’s name.

MSNBC “Hardball with Chris Matthews” host Chris Matthews made an out and proud McCarthy comparison.

“You know, I don’t often say it, and I rarely say it, but there was echoes of Joe McCarthy there,” Matthews said. “Really strong echoes. Your thoughts? I mean, how’s he supposed to control what the PR agency out there in Tehran puts out there someday. How does that incriminate him?”


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