Some quotes from the article.
Ya der hay! Tea Party Congressman Listens To Constituent Who Wears Thomas Jefferson Costume Everywhere. (The Onion, 10/14/2013)
Tea party wants to take America back -- to the 18th century. (Los Angeles Times, 10/13/2013)
Excerpt: As bad as things are, we like to say, they have been worse and the nation somehow survived.
But for the life of me, I cannot recall an occasion when a minority of elected representatives with such an absurdly partisan agenda was capable of stopping the government of the United States in its tracks.