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Julian Zelizer: The greatest political trick the campaign has been Ted Cruz's remaking himself into the reasonable, establishment candidate

He says Cruz is an expert in political obstruction and a prime proponent of tea party extremism

Editor’s Note: Julian Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and a New America fellow. He is the author of “Jimmy Carter” and “The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society.” The opinions expressed in this commentary are his

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The greatest political sleight of hand in the 2016 campaign has been Sen. Ted Cruz’s remaking himself into the reasonable, establishment candidate in the GOP race.

The strategy seems to be working. Now that Marco Rubio is out of the race and John Kasich struggles to win any state other than Ohio, where he is the governor, a number of prominent officials are turning to the Texas senator.