Many politicians are lawyers by trade, but politicians and lawyers operate under a sharply different set of standards. For example, in the legal world, where every defendant is deserving of representation, taking the case of a suspected domestic terrorist is just doing your job. In the political world, however, where every public word you’ve ever uttered is ruthlessly dissected for potential talking points, photo ops with Timothy McVeigh don’t play so well on election day.
Since leaving the office of Texas solicitor general in 2008, Ted Cruz has been following the code of the legal world, as a successful appellate lawyer with the prominent Houston firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. These days, as a candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison, he is also emerging as the golden boy of Texas Republican politics.