According to a March 30, 2014 story in the Washington Examiner, Vice President Joe Biden has sent out a plea: send us money or Ted Cruz will take over the Senate.
“Losing will mean more senators like Ted Cruz, and more Tea Party Republicans in the House.”
It is a matter of interest that Biden has pointed out Cruz by name as the liberal Democratic boogie man who will end all happiness if people don’t start writing checks. There are a number of other candidates for the job. Rand Paul, for example, who tends to lead a number of presidential preference polls currently.
In any event the prospect of more senators like Cruz is likely to be seen as a feature rather than as a bug inherent in a Republican Senate. How this will affect Cruz’s power is uncertain. His political strategy thus far has eschewed the sort of schmoozing that traditionally accompanies someone in search of leadership positions. Cruz’s power will likely to as an unofficial leader of a tea party faction, which will be larger after 2014, and therefore more potent. Biden, therefore, may be right to worry from, his perspective.