Given the negative correlation between IQ and conservatism, it is ironic that Ted Cruz, perhaps the most conservative presidential candidate running, might also be the smartest.
According to the Boston Globe:
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…Cruz studied public policy at Princeton, where he developed a reputation as a quick-witted national debate champion. His near-perfect score on the LSAT helped him fulfill a dream of going to Harvard Law School.
Although the LSAT probably correlates very imperfectly with official IQ tests, a near-perfect score would equate to a towering IQ of around 145. But it seems Cruz not only had a high IQ, he (like me) was fascinated with IQ:
As they were entering their second year in law school, Melissa Hart agreed to give Cruz a ride from New York, where Cruz was at the end of the summer, back to Cambridge. She didn’t know him well, but he sought her out after she had been given a prestigious award for first-year students.
“We hadn’t left Manhattan before he asked my IQ,” Hart said. “When I told him I didn’t know, he asked, ‘Well, what’s your SAT score? That’s closely coordinated with your IQ.’ ”
“It went from, ‘Nice guy,’ ” she said, “to ‘uh-oh.’ ”
Sounds like he was looking for some woman on campus with high IQ genes that he could mate with.
And if GQ magazine can be believed, it sounds like Cruz had such high academic standards that not even other Harvard Law student were good enough for him unless they had the right academic background:
As a law student at Harvard, he refused to study with anyone who hadn’t been an undergrad at Harvard, Princeton, or Yale. Says Damon Watson, one of Cruz’s law-school roommates: “He said he didn’t want anybody from ‘minor Ivies’ like Penn or Brown.”
Cruz denies this, and you certainly can’t believe everything the media reports, especially about about a polarizing Republican presidential candidate.
Although Cruz is an evangelical Christian, he looks a bit Ashkenazi and is very passionate about Israel. If Cruz indeed has Ashkenazi genes, they may not only have dramatically boosted his IQ, but influenced his politics on a subconscious level.