"The ability of 80 members of the House of Representatives to push the Republican Party into a strategic course that is condemned by the party's top strategists is a historical oddity. It's especially strange when you consider some of the numbers behind the suicide caucus. ... These 80 members represent just 18 percent of the House and just a third of the 233 House Republicans. They were elected with 14 and a half million of the 118 million votes cast in House elections last November, or 12 percent of the total. In all, they represent 58 million constituents. That may sound like a lot, but it's just 18 percent of the population."
— Ryan Lizza in The New Yorker, writing about the minority "suicide caucus" that drove last week's government shutdown by signing a letter to House Speaker John Boehner demanding that no spending bill be passed without defunding the Affordable Care Act. Three of the 80 caucus members are from Louisiana: Reps. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge; John Fleming, R-Minden; and Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson.