DALLAS - For a conservative Texan seeking national office, it could hardly get better than this:
In a recent 48-hour span, Ted Cruz, a candidate for next year's Republican Senate nomination for the seat being vacated by Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison, was endorsed by the Club for Growth PAC, FreedomWorks PAC, talk radio host Mark Levin and Erick Erickson of RedState.com.
And Cruz's most conservative potential rival for the nomination decided to seek a House seat instead.
For conservatives seeking reinforcements for Washington's too-limited number of limited-government constitutionalists, it can hardly get better than this:
Before earning a Harvard law degree magna cum laude (and helping found the Harvard Latino Law Review) and clerking for Chief Justice William Rehnquist, Cruz's senior thesis at Princeton - his thesis adviser was professor Robert George, one of contemporary conservatism's intellectual pinups - was on the Constitution's Ninth and 10th Amendments.
Then as now, Cruz argued that these amendments, properly construed, would buttress the principle that powers not enumerated are not possessed by the federal government.
Utah's freshman Sen. Mike Lee, who clerked for Justice Sam Alito, has endorsed Cruz. The national chairman of Cruz's campaign is Ed Meese, the grand old man of Reagan administration alumni.
For anyone seeking elective office anywhere, this story is as good as it gets:
At age 14, Cruz's father fought with rebels (including Fidel Castro) against Cuba's dictator Fulgencio Batista. Captured and tortured, at 18 he escaped to America with $100 sewn in his underwear.
He graduated from the University of Texas, met his wife - like him, a mathematician - with whom he founded a small business processing seismic data for the oil industry.
By the time Cruz was 13, he was winning speech contests sponsored by a Houston free enterprise group that gave contestants assigned readings by Frederic Bastiat, Friedrich Hayek and Ludwig von Mises.
In his early teens he traveled around Texas, and out of state, giving speeches. At Princeton, he finished first in the 1992 U.S. National Debate Championship and North American Debate Championship.
As Texas' solicitor general from 2003 to 2008, Cruz submitted 70 briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court and he has, so far, argued nine cases there.
He favors school choice and personal investment accounts for a portion of individuals' Social Security taxes.
He supports the latter idea, with a bow to the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who said such accounts enable the doorman to build wealth the way the people in the penthouse do.