Last year, Ted Cruz and Matt Henshon toted briefs. Now they tote briefing books for George W. Bush and Bill Bradley. Next year, one of them could be the next George Stephanopoulos. Or both could end up as New Hampshire road kill.

Mr. Cruz joined the Republican Party by a most unlikely route. His father, who was born in Cuba, fought alongside Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, and fled to Texas as a refugee from Batista. When Mr. Castro professed his communism, the elder Mr. Cruz became so disillusioned that he went everyplace where he had praised the Cuban revolution and argued the other side. He raised a committed Republican, as well as a fierce debater.

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