Who are some of the up and coming Republicans who are either just now breaking into the “major leagues”, or are likely to do so down the road? Marco Rubio’s name comes instantly to mind, as do the names of Virginia governor Robert McDonnell and Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli.
One man whom I am just hearing about for the first time is Ted Cruz, the former solicitor general of Texas. Jay Nordlinger posted this piece at NRO back in January of this year which provides the relevant biographical background. Cruz is one of three Republicans who will be trying to replace the retiring Kay Baily Hutchinson, and seems to be a fellow to watch.