Is Ted Cruz, less than a month into his Senate career, already rubbing off on John Cornyn?
As The Dallas Morning News reports, some observers see Cornyn, the state’s senior senator, already taking cues from Cruz — presumably in an attempt to avoid a primary challenge in 2014.
“The tail is wagging the dog. Usually the freshman senator is not even heard from, let alone having any influence. Now he’s dictating the vote of the No. 2 guy,” a Republican strategist told the Morning News. “This is just starting.”
Cornyn is trying to preempt a Dewhurst-like mistake, and stop a challenge before it begins. He likely figures the best way to win a primary is not to have a challenger.