As Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was driving his wife and two young daughters to Mt. Vernon the other day, one daughter asked the other what she wanted to do when she grew up. “I want to work with daddy in the Senate,” one said. “That’s boring!” the other replied. “Let’s be in a rock band. Besides, daddy will be dead by then.”

“I thought maybe she’d been talking to Senate Republican leadership,” Cruz quipped to the national convention for the Federalist Society (“Fed Soc”) Thursday in D.C., to thunderous laughter and applause.

While Cruz tweaked some fellow Republicans with that joke, he mainly took aim at President Barack Obama, decrying what he calls the “pattern of lawlessness” of the Obama White House.

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