It's rare and wonderful to see the results of actually just saying "no" to the crazies.
But it's also gotten me thinking about the messaging opportunities for progressives. That's because more than almost anything else, the recent government shut-down makes abundantly clear that the Tea Party is really more like a Frat Party--a bunch of idiotic juveniles who exhibit an infantile delight in breaking things. It seems to me to set up a terrific opportunity to send a clear message: Time to return grown-ups to congress. If I were the DCCC I'd target every single Tea Party seat RIGHT NOW, regardless of how "safe" it seems, and I'd blast them with that essential message: Your congressman just tried to blow our country up. Time to put adults back at the controls. Howard Dean was right with his 50 state strategy, and right now is a perfect time for us to begin the process of peeling off moderates.
They have been unmasked. Time to make a point of it.