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Ice may be thawing between Cruz, GOP leaders

Ice may be thawing between Cruz, GOP leaders

I wouldn't say that the GOP is falling in love with Ted Cruz, but maybe it's falling in like.

In arguably the most improbable political season of our lifetimes, this fact has to rank high on the list of things no one could have seen coming. If they gave out report cards for first-term senators, Mr. Cruz would get an "F" in the "plays well with others" category. Party leaders believed that his 2013 gambit to shut down the government over Obamacare was a disaster for everyone but Mr. Cruz, and they have harbored a not-so-secret disdain for him since.

But that's all over — at least for now.

Like Perseus pulling Medusa's head out of a sack to...