From Bloomberg …
Texas Senator Ted Cruz returns to the Senate this week, and he shouldn’t expect a warm embrace from one of the world’s most exclusive clubs. But to get much of anything done, they’re going to need him.
The freshman Texas senator, who came in second to Donald Trump in the epic fight for the Republican presidential nomination, returns with a higher profile, significant fundraising clout and, many Republicans believe, his eye on another race in 2020.
So if the Cruz of old could gum up the works, they know what a nomination runner-up could do if he doesn’t change his approach — especially one that former House Speaker John Boehner called “Lucifer in the flesh.”
“I think a lot of people here will always consider Ted an outsider,” Senator Lindsey Graham, who endorsed Cruz as a last-ditch ploy to defeat Trump, said Monday, adding it would be “up to Ted” if he wants to change his tactics.
“He didn’t come here to remain in the Senate. He came here to run for president,” John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, recently told a Texas radio station
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