So they really are crazy.
Ted Cruz is.
Now this is peculiar because Ted Cruz is a Senator, not a Representative. And, while John Boehner does still hold the title, he has apparently handed the authority of his Speakership over to the freshman Senator from Texas...who doesn't really care about anything but his own ego and his own ambitions.
One does wonder, though, what the tea baggers lining up behind him want. Do they really expect President Obama to sign a bill that will defund his own signature act? Do they really expect that Harry Reid and the Senate will bow to their vicious will and take from people the ability to get affordable healthcare? Do they really expect that they can shut down the government over something that no one sane is going to let happen?
We need to expand the looney bin.
One wonders what these tea baggers are thinking. Indeed, are they thinking of anything beyond their own seats, the whackadoodle voters who sent them to Congress in the first place? Do they have no government workers in their districts who might be just slightly inconvenienced by the cutoff of their paychecks...and might just look for someone else to vote for next time? They love to talk about the "people". One wonders what people they're talking about. The thousands upon thousands of civilian contractors our soldiers depend on for support? The parks and monuments our citizens can no longer visit because the tea baggers locked the doors? The medical treatments no longer available to desperately ill children? One suspects the only “people” the tea baggers care about is themselves.
And who do they think is going to get the blame? The African-American President they despise who sits in the White House...and who is the true target of their wrath? Or the fuzzy white butts that sit in the Congressional seats they so temporarily occupy?
So now what? Do these people care about their own constituents? Do they care about their own majority in the house...or are they content to cede it to the Democrats in the 2014 elections? That happened, in case they didn't notice, at midnight last night. Perhaps the tea baggers are so completely blinded by their mad ideology that they don't see the consequences of their actions.
We suspect the American voters won't be so blind next November.