Magazine May 4, 2009, Issue

Cruz Control

Ted Cruz (Ismael Roldan)
A Republican star rises in Texas

Following two brutal election cycles, Republicans are adrift and nearly everyone fingers the same fundamental problem with the party: lack of leadership. Even Democrats have had trouble choosing an elected GOP leader as a target of national attack ads, so they recently settled on radio host Rush Limbaugh. Beyond a few promising governors, the Republican bench is very thin. However, the fact that our current president was a state legislator just five years ago seems to have opened up new realms of possibility. Many in the party are looking deeper into the ranks to identify the next great leader.

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