DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz wrote an email condemning the Tea Party strategy of governing by crisis and urged supporters to fight back. Here's what she had to say:
I thought that once the government shutdown was over, we could move on and get down to business. But some Republicans in Congress have other ideas.
Ted Cruz and his Tea Party allies have said they are looking forward to the next chance to shut down the government again. To them, this was a missed opportunity, and they want a second chance.
They forced a $24 billion hit to our economy, saw cancer patients turned away from clinical trials, delayed paychecks to hard-working Americans, and embarrassed the entire country.
I don't view that as the framework of a very good strategy -- but then again, I'm not being pressured by special interest groups to put Tea Party ideology over the American people. I thought that once the government shutdown was over, we could move on and get down to business. But some Republicans in Congress have other ideas.
Shutting down the government isn't what the American people sent their representatives to Washington to do -- and I think we need to remind them of that fact.
Make it happen. Speak up today:
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Democratic National Committee