Jim Rhodes: This unnecessary Republican-induced shutdown has cost the tax payer billions of dollars; but, the Republicans keep reminding us they are the party dedicated to fiscal responsibility.
Brent Budowsky: Ted bin Laden Republicans will escalate their political holy wars until every centrist Republican is politically destroyed — they want them destroyed to move the GOP even further to the right of America, even at the cost of losing control of Congress to Democrats.
Tina Dupuy: There’s an old adage which says it’s better to be silent and thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. Rand Paul is a man of no mystery.
Sharon Kyle: The government shutdown of 2013 is over. After more than two weeks the Senate voted 81 to 18 and the House voted 285-144 to reopen the federal government.
Peter Laarman: Nothing avails against foam-at-the-mouth madness of this kind except to stand back and grant permission for self-destruction to occur.
Julie Driscoll: Here it is, folks, Republican Plan B: Take whatever crumbs they can get from the Democrats’ table – and like it.
Steve Hochstadt: Republicans have been saying that are saving money by shutting the government down, they all voted to give all furloughed government workers back pay when the shutdown is over, negating all of those savings.
Julie Driscoll: If Republicans are to learn anything about how to play nice with other children, this recent Republican debacle has to be a teachable moment.
Robert Reich: Now is the time to lance the boil of Republican extremism once and for all.
Julie Driscoll: if Republicans truly think Obamacare is going to end life as we know it, one would think they’d be truly happy to “own” this shutdown which was the ostensible reason they shut down the government to begin with.
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: While Rubio was elected in part on the strength of the Tea Party, it is Cruz who has become the leader and the face of the Tea Party movement.
Sharon Kyle: Unlike HeadStart the national parks and the thousands of furloughed government employees, the posh Congressional health club got a reprieve because congress has deemed it “essential,” according to a congressional aide.
Berry Craig: Cruz and the tea party neo-Fire eaters demand Obama and the Democrats’ unconditional surrender on the Affordable Care Act while they all but pop veins trying to demonize and delegitimize the president and his party.