Yep, the Tea Party lost big-time in shutdown debacle

Yep, the Tea Party lost big-time in shutdown debacle

Victories come in many sizes. The Battle of the Little Bighorn, for example, at first seemed an overwhelming win for the Sioux. But it soon became clear their success would not last. Who really won the Alamo? The Mexicans? Try telling that to a Texan. So, who won the Battle of the Shutdown 2013? The […]

Cruz claims shutdown ‘got people talking’

Cruz claims shutdown ‘got people talking’

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says this month’s partial government shutdown and his key role in it were a success: They got people talking. “One of the things we accomplished in the fight over Obamacare is we elevated the national debate over what a disaster, what a train wreck, how much Obamacare is hurting millions of […]

Cruz: Another loud no-substance rabid-right Republican

Cruz:  Another loud no-substance rabid-right Republican

No doubt about it. Texas freshman Senator Ted Cruz is the latest rabid right Republican to think he’s ready to become President of the United States. Cut from the same shoot-from-the-mouth and “hyperbole over fact” mode as Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum and others from the party of the rampaging […]

Iowa GOP moves to take party back from extremists

Iowa GOP moves to take party back from extremists

Fed up and ready to get off the sidelines, veteran Iowa Republicans are working to wrest control of the state GOP from the evangelicals, tea partyers and libertarians they blame for alienating longtime party loyalists. Led by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, these Republicans want to grow the state party — one that ideological crusaders have […]

Defiant Republicans still up in arms and at war with each other

Defiant Republicans still up in arms and at war with each other

The Republicans’ clear defeat in the budget-debt brawl has widened the rift between the Grand Old Party and the blossoming tea party movement that helped revive it. Implored by House Speaker John Boehner to unite and “fight another day” against President Barack Obama and Democrats, Republicans instead intensified attacks on one another, an ominous sign […]

Obama says GOP role in government shutdown ‘encouraged’ America’s enemies’

Obama says GOP role in government shutdown ‘encouraged’ America’s enemies’

In withering day-after criticism, President Barack Obama declared Thursday that the 16-day partial government shutdown was a Republican-provoked spectacle that “encouraged our enemies” around the world. Elsewhere in Washington, and around the country, federal employees simply streamed back to their jobs. National parks reopened. The popular panda cam at the National Zoo came back online. […]