Bless Maureen Dowd's purple tongue. In an otherwise sane and prescient piece today in the NYTimes, she wrote the following:
"Like gargoyles on the Capitol, the adamantine nihilists are determined to blow up the country’s prestige, their party and even their own re-election chances if that’s what it takes."
What she's taking the long way around to explain (like around the butt to get to the elbow), I think, is that our Tea Party buddies are depressed sick-os whose goal is to destroy the government. No news in that.