November 24, 2014

Ted Cruz as Cicero?

The headline at The New Yorker—Obama, Cruz, and Catiline—really got me. I labored over the Catiline orations in high school, and I've actually got a copy of De Senectute next to my desk to get to soon, but I confess that Cicero's argument against Catiline has been long lost to me. I think it was Father Pevec who taught third-year Latin; maybe it would have been more exciting and more memorable if he had been able to connect Cicero to a public figure and a current issue. It took The New Yorker to bring this bit of political theater to my attention, though, not the brilliance or imagination of Ted Cruz.