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Prominent Harvard Prof. Alan Dershowitz’s Comments About Ted Cruz Could Help His 2016 Chances
The Blaze ^ | Apr. 7, 2014 11:03am | Madeleine Morgenstern

Posted on 05/25/2014 10:22:53 AM PDT by SoConPubbie

Prominent Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz offered words of praise for former student Ted Cruz in a new interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer:

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas): “Off-the-charts brilliant. And you know, liberals make the terrible mistake, including some of my friends and colleagues, of thinking that all conservatives are dumb. And I think one of the reasons that conservatives have been beating liberals in the courts and in public debates is because we underestimate them. Never underestimate Ted Cruz. He is off-the-chart brilliant. I don’t agree with his politics.”

But the retiring Dershowitz couldn’t similarly evaluate another Harvard Law alumnus:

There was also the Harvard Law student who couldn’t get into a Dershowitz class despite multiple attempts: Barack Obama.

“Twice because the computer kept him out,” Dershowitz said. “It wasn’t my fault.”



TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cruz; tedcruz

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1 posted on 05/25/2014 10:22:53 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie; tpmintx; TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig; Caipirabob; Clump; ColdOne; Monterrosa-24; ...
Ted Cruz Ping!

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2 posted on 05/25/2014 10:23:23 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

Wow, holding to a set of conservative principles you believe in, instead of always waffling and testing the wind and kissing up to the Marxist Media garners the admiration of the adults in the electorate?

Whoulda thunk it?


3 posted on 05/25/2014 10:27:38 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: SoConPubbie

What is going on with Dershowitz? Has reason finally set in in his old age? He is, from time to time, actually uttering some conservative ideas and words!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This can be frightening!-Chuckle!


4 posted on 05/25/2014 10:29:45 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

Dershowitz is what you used to call an honest liberal. A person who would debate you on the merits instead of name calling and using the state to suppress contrary opinions.


5 posted on 05/25/2014 10:34:20 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

After thinking on the issue for a while I ask the question with regard to Dershowitz: “Should conservatives beware of a Dershowitz bearing gifts?”


6 posted on 05/25/2014 10:38:27 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: SoConPubbie
Dershowitz may be a big Lib but I do respect him for his honesty


7 posted on 05/25/2014 10:40:15 AM PDT by darkwing104 (Forgive but don't forget)
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To: headstamp 2
Dershowitz is what you used to call an honest liberal. A person who would debate you on the merits instead of name calling and using the state to suppress contrary opinions.

Agreed. I don't mind liberals that play by the rules of civility, but far too many want to go down the totalitarian path to political power.

8 posted on 05/25/2014 10:43:58 AM PDT by EricT. (Everything not forbidden is compulsory.)
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To: darkwing104
Dershowitz may be a big Lib but I do respect him for his honesty

Verify BEFORE trust.

9 posted on 05/25/2014 10:44:47 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

He said he doesn’t agree with Cruz’s politics.


10 posted on 05/25/2014 10:53:27 AM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Why would the computer keep zero out of Dershowitz’s class?


11 posted on 05/25/2014 10:54:56 AM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: SoConPubbie
Senator Ted Cruz for POTUS!

B T T T ! ! ! ©

12 posted on 05/25/2014 10:56:33 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

Dershowitz has always been an honest ideological adversary who argues on the merits. Many conservatives despised him in the past because of his vigorous defense of criminal defendants, though many of us have since come to appreciate the absolute necessity of the criminal defense bar as a check on tyranny. Dershowitz believes, like I do, that the state must prove its case beyond reasonable doubt against even the most unpopular or apparently guilty defendant. In this regard, the defense bar is every bit as noble as the prosecution — and perhaps even more so.


13 posted on 05/25/2014 10:59:32 AM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: SoConPubbie

This is not the first time Dershowitz praised Cruz as his student, he is genuine about Cruz accomplishments as his student, and thereafter. IMO

The computer kept obama out of his class...that’s racist! /S


14 posted on 05/25/2014 10:59:48 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: Aria
Why would the computer keep zero out of Dershowitz’s class?

Because the computer is objective, and unswayed by BS.

15 posted on 05/25/2014 11:02:54 AM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: Aria

I was wondering the same thing. Obama’s been cossetted and brown-nosed his entire life. That computer apparently was programed to allow for racial preferences. Odd, that, as affirmative action got him where he is. I remember people (who should’ve known better) just gush about his achievements. Fact is, as noted elsewhere, he is where he is not despite being black but rather in consequence of his blackness. He’s the personification of mediocrity. He’s the perfect illustration of what’s wrong with America. From Washington to Obama is an object lesson in the decline of America.


16 posted on 05/25/2014 11:02:54 AM PDT by donaldo
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To: SoConPubbie

For years I have marveled at how the media has squelched any memory of Alan Dershowitz and Gloria Allred being regular members of the Morton Downey Jr. show.


17 posted on 05/25/2014 11:06:13 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: SoConPubbie

I don’t know how honest Dershowitz is, but he is intelligent, and in this age of Reid, Pelosi and Obama, an intelligent leftist is refreshing.


18 posted on 05/25/2014 11:08:39 AM PDT by pallis
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

Like any subject on the liberal plantation, he got tenure with Harvard because he towed the party line.

Now that he is readying for retirement, he can shed some of the straps and buckles of his saddles. He has from time to time over the years been a voice of clarity and reason but only in a guarded way.

The New York Times is following Dershowitz’ lead, they are conceding that Cruz is off the wall smart, so there tact is and will be that Cruz is off the wall dangerous and extreme. They did the same in 1980 to Ronald Reagan who they asserted with near certainty that he would launch WWIII and cause hundreds of millions of deaths.

They got to have an angle on Cruz and they know that painting him as a ‘dumb Bushite’ won’t work.


19 posted on 05/25/2014 11:12:21 AM PDT by Hostage (ARTICLE V)
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To: SoConPubbie

The Harvard computer was racist!?! LOL


20 posted on 05/25/2014 11:14:35 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: pallis

Dershowitz is very smart and intellectually honest. It begs the question how can he maintain a liberal POV? It just goes to show that anyone can have a neurotic blind spot in their thinking.


21 posted on 05/25/2014 11:20:31 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: headstamp 2

I knew a few in my college years a professor in particular. Very good friend. Very liberal and very intelligent. Respected my views even during class discussions


22 posted on 05/25/2014 11:22:19 AM PDT by stanne
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To: SoConPubbie
I don’t agree with his politics

What exactly does he agree with then? That the constitution should be shredded? That the government should dictate to the people that they should buy a companies product or be punished? That our vets should be punished for their sacrifices? That WW2 vets should be barred from visiting their memorial? That foreign invaders should be treated as US citizens? That terrorists should be supported? That taxpayers should pay for the sexual perversions of traitors? That people should be punished for working hard and being successful? Please enlighten me Professor.

23 posted on 05/25/2014 11:23:40 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: Aria; COBOL2Java
That was my question after reading the article.

I would love to know which of the logic branches Zero failed (BOOL=0 HA!).

24 posted on 05/25/2014 11:39:40 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Historians will refer to this administration as "The Half-Black Plague.")
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

IMO, Dershowitz got a wake-up call when, after 9/11, his fellow libs leaned towards Palis and Muslims over Israel. Dershowitz is ardently pro-Israel, pro-Jewish. His lefty buddies are anti everything he believes in on those topics. I’ll never get it.


25 posted on 05/25/2014 11:43:43 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

As far as I am concerned liberals are either domestic enemies or useful idiots. Liberalism and Marxism both lead to a totalitarian dictatorship. The only difference is the time it takes to get there.


26 posted on 05/25/2014 11:45:13 AM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: Aria

Perhaps it couldn’t understand the erm, ummmm, etc. and with the a name as Hussein, it kept coming back REJECT!!!


27 posted on 05/25/2014 12:07:04 PM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: Aria
Why would the computer keep zero out of Dershowitz’s class?

Maybe he, um, missed some registration deadlines, and, uh, what was the question?

"Dude! Ain't you supposed to be at, y'know, Harvard or somethin'?"

"Naw, man! Pass the doobie!"


28 posted on 05/25/2014 12:27:12 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: Aria

Why would the computer keep zero out of Dershowitz’s class?

Simple, the computer was RASCIST.

Although one could possibly guess that his grades weren’t
up to it.....


29 posted on 05/25/2014 12:31:23 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: SVTCobra03

Exactly, these idiots just do not know or refuse to acknowledge history, how everything they support leads to the singularity of a Dictator. The government gets more and more powerful, and it gets more and more centralized until you get an asshole with absolute power, and they are ALWAYS assholes. You’ll never find a Mr. Rogers type acting as Dictator. It’s always a psychopath, millions and millions of people going through absolute hell over one bastard, and it’s happening right now in the US! We are living under a soft tyranny and the ONLY thing that is preventing it from going hard is the US Constitution which is why this sc*mbag is trying to trash it every chance he gets.


30 posted on 05/25/2014 12:32:48 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: onyx

TED CRUZ FOR POTUS...ROGER THAT!


31 posted on 05/25/2014 4:20:00 PM PDT by itssme
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To: Aria
Why would the computer keep zero out of Dershowitz’s class?

Unresolvable scheduling conflict? Happened a few times to me, and I'm not an underachieving pot smoker.

I'm curious what kept The Zero out the third time...

32 posted on 05/25/2014 5:36:53 PM PDT by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: Aria; Lady Jag; trooprally; nathanbedford; MeshugeMikey; BuckeyeTexan; GOPJ; Republicanprofessor; ..

” - - - There was also the Harvard Law student who couldn’t get into a Dershowitz class despite multiple attempts: Barack Obama.

“Twice because the computer kept him out,” Dershowitz said. “It wasn’t my fault.” - - - “

This may be an opening for a smart FR Lawyer to file a “FREEDOM OF INFORMATION Request to document if Obama was actually a lawyer, as he claimed.


33 posted on 05/25/2014 8:11:09 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: headstamp 2
Dershowitz is what you used to call an honest liberal. A person who would debate you on the merits instead of name calling and using the state to suppress contrary opinions.

Dershowitz is an unusual liberal... one we can respect while disagreeing with him...

34 posted on 05/25/2014 8:43:12 PM PDT by GOPJ (Someone explain why {the MSM} uses the term liberal to describe totalitarian sociopaths? BruceinOz)
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To: GOPJ; mickie; pax_et_bonum; Maine Mariner; flaglady47; ken5050; seekthetruth; seenenuf
There's no such thing as "an honest liberal". They are still destroyers of society. What's honest about that?

And I can't "respect" any liberal just because he's open on his views. Liberals deserve only scorn and contempt no matter how earnestly artful they are.

Dirtshowbiz is an adept sly fox who plays both sides against the middle and has made an enormously good living from his nimble schtick.

Leni

35 posted on 05/25/2014 8:53:37 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Graewoulf
Unimpeded by nearly total ignorance of the actual facts, I would venture that the two senators possessed of the most candlepower are Ted Cruz and Chuck Schumer.

Both are extraordinarily able. Importantly, neither disintegrates under pressure, in fact, I have never known Ted Cruz to utter a single statement which could be legitimately judged to be a gaffe.

But it is not just public appearances that tell, Barack Obama is a very effective communicator but, as an exemplar of affirmative action all his life, he obviously is not in the same league as Cruz or Schumer.

Both Obama Schumer have demonstrated no ability other than to orate themselves into public office but Schumer has excelled in academics. Obama was aided by his skin color.

Cruz,on the other hand, has excelled in every competition such as national debates and in every competitive environment such as appellate litigation where he cannot be said to have been advanced because of his ethnicity.


36 posted on 05/25/2014 11:31:51 PM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: Aria
Why would the computer keep zero out of Dershowitz’s class?

This was 1988-1991.

The affirmative action mob had long since taken power. But it takes time to reprogram all those legacy systems, dontcha know!

So, it's obvious the computer worked as designed and kept an unqualified student out of Dershowitz's classes.

37 posted on 05/25/2014 11:44:23 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: nathanbedford

Interesting. I had no idea that Schumer had been an academic.


38 posted on 05/26/2014 5:02:49 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: Graewoulf
another BTTT


39 posted on 05/26/2014 5:48:53 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: headstamp 2
Dershowitz is what you used to call an honest liberal. A person who would debate you on the merits

You never ever want to get on this guy's wrong side. Just ask his first wife. LOL

40 posted on 05/26/2014 5:58:07 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: ConservativeDude
I do not believe Schumer ever taught but to my understanding he graduated summa cum laude from Harvard.


41 posted on 05/26/2014 8:13:22 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: MinuteGal

I would trust Alan Dershowitz with my life... which doesn’t mean that I agree with his politics - but does mean t he’s an honest and trustworthy person IMHO.


42 posted on 05/26/2014 8:32:20 AM PDT by GOPJ (Someone explain why {the MSM} uses the term liberal to describe totalitarian sociopaths? BruceinOz)
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To: GOPJ; flaglady47; mickie; pax_et_bonum
"I would trust Dershowitz with my life...he's an honest and trustworthy person".

I don't have to be a Hahvahd perfesser to know that I'd never place myself in a position where Der Dershowitz would be anywhere near control of my life.

Again, there's no such thing as an "honest" liberal/socialist/marxist/statist/redistributionist...except when they candidly reveal the nature and aims of their respective ideologies.

Like Obama, who candidly, openly, honestly stated in his 2008 campaign he would "fundamentaly change the United States" and he is keeping that promise.

His "change" is to be the catalyst for ruination of the nation, shredding the Constitution and one-world government. Of course, at least he was "honest and trustworthy" about his intentions.....and he DOES do some "good things", doesn't he?

During his career, the Dersh has always occasionally thrown out truffles he unearths which cause some swooningly-thankful conservatives to "respect his honesty". Delicious truffles like supporting Israel, taking an occasional poke at Obama and tossing out some compliments about Sen. Cruz.

Which only serves to point out to those who "respect" Obama-supporting DemoRats like Dershowitz....beware of Harvard geeks bearing gifts.

Leni

43 posted on 05/26/2014 10:10:28 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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