The original tea party was about protesting taxation without representation. What has that to do with a group of elected officials whose notion of representation is to shut down government because their personal opinions on the merits of laws legally enacted by a majority of other elected representatives? Nothing! Since Ted Cruz and his cronies wish to harken back to colonial America, perhaps the response to their antics should be taken from that same time. So the only question is, which of that era’s expressions of distaste and punishment is most appropriate: put them in stocks and throw rotten vegetables at them; tie them to a post and flog them or have them all tarred and feathered before riding them out of town on a rail. I am not sure myself, but tend to prefer the tar and feathers.