Sheria Reid: Tea Party Republicans have figured out if they have their own black folks, in limited numbers of course, then they can refute the accusations of racism and proudly declare, “We have our own black people; we’re not racists!”
Tea Party Candidates: These older, overwhelmingly white evangelical Christians believe America is in a downward spiral toward socialism.
Jim Hightower: Perhaps you didn’t know, but the average household income for the 1 percent as a whole is a mere $1.26 million a year.
Jim Hightower: I know you don’t have to be smart or logical to be in Congress, but surely a lawmaker ought to be more tightly-wrapped than this bunch.
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.
Mario Rivas: If the grandest thing the “Grand Old Party” seems to do is speak of nonsense and shutting everything down while insulting everyone along the way, what’s so grand about that?
Brent Budowsky: The public has seen the results of the Banana Republican policies and politics. The public is saying no to Cruz, no to Lee, no to the Tea Party and no to House Republicans.
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.
Jerry Drucker: The Tea Party’s reckless government shutdown game is causing their al-Qaida brethren terrorists to jump with joy, rubbing their hands together in anticipation of the huge damage the GOP is inflicting.
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.
Tina Dupuy: The tea party wasn’t the first time anti-change, anti-foreigner feelings have translated into anti-partisan, anti-establishment, anti-politician demands. It probably won’t be the last.
Julie Driscoll: It’s quite a puzzle, why Republicans (largely House Republi-crazies) – who were crushed, humiliated and the big losers in the last two elections – seem to think they can bully, threaten and harass in order to dictate, direct and determine the course of our economy.
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Cruz’s theatrical strategy will get him notoriety and political rock star status, but in the long term it will likely backfire, making his Senate prospects tenuous at best.