Ted Cruz, a lawyer who was solicitor general of Texas from 2003 to 2008, combines a compelling personal biography with philosophically pure conservatism. He won his Senate primary in an upset over mainstream candidate Lt. Governor David Dewhurst earlier this year, partly by adhering to the secure-the-borders mentality popular with most Texas Republicans. He promised to triple the size of the U.S. Border Patrol and to build a larger border wall than his opponent proposed. In January, when he is sworn in, he will become one of the most right-wing members of the U.S. Senate. A Tea Party favorite who also happens to be Hispanic. Which means he also starts out with credibility with both the hispanic community and the conservative community. A Reaganisque plan from him to allow the 11 million hispanic illegal immigrants to stay here with a legal status that enables them to work here, but does not offer them full cituizenship, could be part of a solution that also includes the mega-fence and fills the holes terrorists must surely be licking their chops to keep open.