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Phil Gramm

Analysis: Scorched Senate tactics limiting Ted Cruz's options, top prize excepted

WASHINGTON _ The questions about Ted Cruz in the Senate no longer start with whether he's got even a couple of friends left among fellow Republicans. The answer, after a public shaming on the floor last week, sure looks like a "no."tmpplchld As to whether he's bothered by his deepening isolation in the Capitol, that's just as easily answered in the negative. To the contrary, he's acting as though it's one of the best things going for him in his presidential campaign.tmpplchld And if the Texan doesn't end up in the White House, would he have a chance to rehabilitate his standing as a senator? On that, there's a growing divide of opinion.tmpplchld...