Democrats became more hysterical in describing their Republican colleagues as the threat of a government shutdown loomed.
Here are some of the top ten most outrageous quotes from Democrats as the government shutdown drama moved into high gear:
Republicans are "taking their teddy bear and blankie and saying if 'I don't get my way, I'll just bring the government down.'"
- Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. on MSNBC
9) Over the cliff
"This 'Thelma and Louise' style just isn't getting the attention of the American people in a positive tone. If Democrats don't bow to every demand they have, they want to go right over the cliff."
8) The gods are angry
“Does Speaker Boehner need to engage in something like the ancient practice of sacrifice, this time to the right-wing gods? Do we have to sacrifice the economy and help for millions of middle class people?”
7) Right back at you
“Why don’t they get a life and talk about something else?”
6) Wild rovers
"Obama will not — he cannot — negotiate with a roving band of anarchists who say, 'Build our oil pipeline or the troops don’t get paid.'"
5) Never, never?
“I have never seen such an extreme group of people adopt such an insane policy,”
"Can you remember a time in your lifetime when a major political party was just sitting around, begging for America to fail?"
3) Burning down the house
"Would you, if you didn't like the redesign of your kitchen, would you burn the whole house down or would you try to make modifications to the kitchen? These people have come unhinged."
- Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, D-Fla., and Democratic National Committee Chairman
"I believe it's terrorism: This is the first time I've seen a political party, or even a fraction of it, say that their number-one-goal is to shutdown the American government, kill a bill that's already been passed by Congress, and refuse to pay bills already run up by Congress in an attempt to basically risk default. This is an attempt to destroy all we know of the republican form of government in this country."
- MSNBC's Chris Matthews, former press secretary for House Speaker Tip O'Neill, former speechwriter for President Carter
1) Bombs away!
“What we’re not for is negotiating with people with a bomb strapped to their chest.”