The House Freedom Caucus has shown conservatives the far-right can have an impact on the legislative process. But don’t expect a similar group to spring up in the Senate; they already have one. Sort of.
It’s not that senators are less conservative — Republicans such as Ted Cruz of Texas, Jim Risch of Idaho or Jeff Sessions of Alabama would attest to that. And it’s not that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is so much better liked than his former counterpart who was chased into retirement by the Freedom Caucus, Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio.