JUDY WOODRUFF: All right, let's turn to something we have never discussed before, and that is the -- Capitol Hill and the failure to come to some kind of an agreement, David, on the budget.
This week, the Republicans in the House tried -- the leadership tried to bring a vote to the floor. It was the conservatives in their own party that said no. Where do things stand right now?
DAVID BROOKS: Yes. If I was irrationally pessimistic about the Middle East, I'm irrationally optimistic about the budget thing.
I have no cause for my optimism. Somehow, I think we're not going to have a budget shutdown. Nonetheless, what is going on in the House...
JUDY WOODRUFF: You mean government shutdown.
DAVID BROOKS: Government shutdown.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Yes.
DAVID BROOKS: What's going on in the House, and a bit in the Senate, too, is what you might call the rise of Ted Cruz-ism.
And Ted Cruz, the senator from Canada through Texas, is basically not a legislator in the normal sense, doesn't have an idea that he's going to Congress to create coalitions, make alliances, and he is going to pass a lot of legislation. He's going in more as a media protest person.
And a lot of the House Republicans are in the same mode. They're not normal members of Congress. They're not legislators. They want to stop things. And so they're just being -- they just want to obstruct.
And the second thing they're doing, which is alarming a lot of Republicans, is they're running against their own party. Ted Cruz is running against Republicans in the Senate. The House Republican Tea Party types are running against the Republican establishment. That's how they're raising money. That's where they're spending their money on ads.
And so they're having a very obstructive role which is going on this week, and I think it's going to make John Boehner's life even more difficult.
(via Daily Caller)