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Tea Party Vindication

While driving home from my radio show on Sunday night, I heard a caller on a nationally syndicated show suggest that the Tea Party movement might be disheartened by the level of spending cuts agreed to by John Boehner in the federal budget for the rest of this fiscal year. That amount, about $38.5 billion, argued the caller, was so much less than the $61 billion they started at, not to mention the $100 billion that some conservative and Tea Party candidates campaigned on, that Tea Partiers might just shake their heads, wonder if it’s worth working so hard for candidates if this is all they can do, and pull back from their intensity which has helped so many Republicans get elected.

First, I doubt this will be the majority reaction among Tea Partiers, though I do think it will be somewhat common.

Second, I think somewhat common is much more common than it should be.

Tea Partiers should keep in mind that the Democrats control the Senate and, more importantly, we have arguably the most leftist president in our nation’s history. Yes, there was a fair bit of talk about wanting to cut $61 billion, as a pro-rated cut for what would be $100 billion over a full year, but there was also talk of the Republicans actually looking to cut less than what was cut in the end. When you add in the spending reductions included in the recent continuing resolutions, the GOP has accomplished an amazing thing, cutting well over $40 billion of spending in half a fiscal year in an Obama presidency with Harry Reid as the Senate majority leader. 

Yes, it’s very small compared to the size of our problem. But it is still a minor miracle and one which the Republican Party can and should be proud (for the first time in years, to paraphrase Michelle Obama). Perhaps more importantly, this represents a tremendous victory for the Tea Party. You may hear some relatively new-to-politics or simply unrealistic activists complaining that the cuts were too small. More likely, you’ll hear left-wing bloggers, reporters, and columnists trying to make it sound like Tea Partiers are or should be disappointed. They want the Tea Party to lose its fire and motivation. 

Don’t let the left or naive, if well-meaning conservatives, downplay the results of this negotiation. The results were as good as they could have been. The only political winners from this showdown were John Boehner and the GOP, period.

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