Ted Cruz could find himself fending off familiar-looking GOP rebels in 2024

Ted Cruz is right back where he started — in the Senate minority and plotting a presidential bid, although now the runner-up for the 2016 Republican nomination is the grizzled veteran looking over his shoulder at the young, brash upstarts he used to be.

Cruz arrived on Capitol Hill from Texas in 2013, an impatient Tea Party Republican who openly quarreled with GOP leadership and ignored Senate etiquette as he prepared to run for president. Cruz still has a rebellious streak. But back in the minority after Democrats flipped the Senate and looking ahead to 2024, Cruz has matured. He is more deliberate and ideologically doctrinaire — especially compared to populist Republican senators who take their cues from former
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