Report: Tea Party Republicans Ate Crappy Mexican Food While They Plotted to Destroy America with Government Shutdown

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Mexican food has been part of D.C. politics ever since San Antonio-era Congressman Maury Maverick (who introduced the term "gobbledygook" into American English and whose grandfather is the source behind the modern-day meaning of "maverick") brought tortilla chips to Capitol Hill in the 1930s. So in a way, it's reassuring to know that Texas Senator Ted Cruz gathered his army of Tea Party Republican restaurants at a Tex-Mex restaurant called Tortilla Coast, a move that delighted pundits.

But in another way, it shows how out-of-touch Republicans are with what Americans want of their Mexican food.

I'll be upfront: I've never eaten at Tortilla Coast, so their food might be great, for all I know. But the restaurant is stuck in the 1980s, just like the politics of Cruz and his pendejos. A quick glance at the menu reveals an uneasy bipartisanship between Tex-Mex (queso, combo plates) and Cal-Mex (tacos, burritos), with unnecessary sandwiches thrown in. There's even a salamander thrown in, a relic of the Southwestern cuisine movement--BARF. Where's Kokopelli when you need him?

The Washington Post goes into the history of Capitol Hill's love affair with Tortilla Coast, showing both Republicans and Dems love to use the place for fundraisers. And now you know, America, why our national politics are screwed: our reps don't even know what good Mexican food is!

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28 comments
angrysexmachine69
angrysexmachine69

Then...How come so many "Tea Party" people are "Hispanic"?...Cruz, Rubio, etc...

Tomperanteau
Tomperanteau

Typical tripe from an example of a double-digit IQ posting without any facts, just juvenile emotions.

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

I believe it's pronounced, "Boner."


gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

One would think that with all the Dems clamoring for amnesty, the illegal Mexicans would be running to DC setting up shop to know exactly what the benefits of illegal immigration are.  Oh that's right, illegal immigration is good, only if it's not happening in your own backyard.

Steve Lanzi
Steve Lanzi

I'm sure it's too late to kiss back up to Gustavo-- oops, "the Mexican" now, but I was (pleasantly) surprised by this piece. Not nearly as much anti-GOP stuff as I would have expected. Progress I guess. :-)

Bradley James Rogers
Bradley James Rogers

I remember when I visited the east cost in the 70's when I was a kid. I thought, "I can never live here because there are no Mexicans." I was hoping that was changed by now so they could get some decent food there.

Delia Ibarra
Delia Ibarra

I've eaten there. And it is terrible food. I would not call it Mexican food. Some people call it Tex-Mex food, and for the sake of Tex-Mex food, I hope they are wrong.

Elysia Rodriguez
Elysia Rodriguez

this is actually one of the only options... it is impossible to find mexican food in DC not made by gringos or salvadorians.... Tios in Alexandria is pretty good, made by el salvidorians . Tasted great but made me sick everytime. :) I spent months asking around trying to find a legit spot, other Mexi-mericans out there told me it was useless.... easier to just start eating Peruvian or Salvadorian :/

Gloria Irigoyen-Salinas
Gloria Irigoyen-Salinas

Maybe if they had real true awesome authentic Mexican food, they would change their minds about lots of things!

Tara Murphy
Tara Murphy

They were too busy racing to the bathroom! Serves them right.

Charles Quinton
Charles Quinton

I have seen what passes for good Mexican food with most upscale white folks. I'll take the "crappy" stuff anytime.

Frank Zamora
Frank Zamora

Taco USA, don't leave home (to eat) without it.

Julian Ponce
Julian Ponce

Bet they don't see anything wrong with yellow cheese.....

Eric Ridenour
Eric Ridenour

There is another place there much better. I forget the name but there are 2 locations. The name of the place and 'number dis'

Edward Wilson Jr.
Edward Wilson Jr.

That's cause they gotta bad taste in their mouths...they lost...

James Anderson Merritt
James Anderson Merritt

Are you saying that DC pols don't know their azteca from a hole in the wall? (Sorry, couldn't resist!)

blueosmium
blueosmium

To be fair, there's not a whole lot of decent Mexican food in DC. My fiancee lived there for 10 years and always ate as much Mexican food as possible when she was visiting her family in California. 

BobLoblawsLawBlog
BobLoblawsLawBlog

I think's telling when White House spokeswoman Michele Bachmann stated  “It's exactly what we wanted, and we got it.” in regards to the shut down.

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