Ted Cruz is the new Sarah Palin

The Texas senator stands for conservative principles. Unfortunately, that's all he does with them.

Ted Cruz
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Is Ted Cruz good for conservatives? Or is it the other way around?

The answer matters a lot, because it's not impossible that this guy could be the next GOP presidential nominee. A close adviser to Texas' junior senator told National Journal that there is a 90 percent chance the Tea Party star will run for president in 2016. "And honestly, 90 is lowballing it." Cruz denies that he has made plans past the midterms. But boy, he sure does look like a man preparing for a run. He goes to Iowa and makes foreign-policy heavy speeches. He makes trips to New Hampshire to stump for GOP candidates there. And so on.

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