Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a "tea party" favorite, may be new to elected office, but that might not stop him from running for president before his first term in the Senate is over.
And the only people who could legitimately question whether he's sufficiently seasoned would be those who didn't vote for Barack Obama in 2008.
National Review's Robert Costa reported Wednesday that Cruz was "considering" a presidential run in 2016, according to unnamed "friends and confidants." A common wisecrack about senators is that they all want to run for president, so in that sense Cruz's alleged ambitions are practically part of his job description. Still, it does seem just a little hasty for Cruz to be contemplating a run for the nation's highest office less than five months into his first term in any office.
That's where Obama's example comes in. He joined the Senate in 2005 and started running for president not long thereafter. Granted, it wasn't Obama's first elected office; he'd been a state senator in Illinois for eight years before heading to Washington. But Cruz had worked in President George W. Bush's administration for about three years, so he wasn't exactly a government novice.