“One faction of one party, in one house of Congress, in one branch of government doesn’t get to shut down the entire government just to refight the results of an election."—President Barack Obama
"[Cruz] pushed House Republicans into traffic and wandered away"—Grover Norquist
(Both quotes from Ezra Klein's useful Washington Post article.)
My question is, what's the endgame? With huge amounts of money being spent to propagandize Tea Party views and specifically attack opponents of the Tea Party Republicans and small turnouts in primary elections, the non-crazy House Republicans can't fight back; anyone who opposes the TP Republicans will be primaried from the right.
I keep remembering how the South lost the Civil War yet the Southern white supremacists remained powerful.