The failure to pass a 2011 budget is also tremendously positive [for conservatives]. It shows the impact of the Tea Party movement has not waned since the November midterms. This creates a situation next year where the flood of new Tea Party Republicans can combine a threat of government shutdown with a refusal to raise the national debt ceiling so as to squeeze spending cuts out of Obama and congressional Democrats.It will be a closely fought battle. Tea Partiers have to prepare to provide support to conservatives on Capitol Hill.
Monday, December 20, 2010
James Pethokoukis of Reuters identifies one priority for conservatives next year: