More than anything else, I consider myself a relatively detached observer, especially when it comes to politics. Yes, I have my own beliefs on how things should be done but since it doesn't fall completely into one camp or another, I try to not get too caught up in the wave of public opinion. This election cycle, I'm actually quite interested in how the Tea Party backed folks headed to Washington are going to make their promises of reform work. Here's a link to President Obamas 2011 budget proposal broken down into nice little pieces. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/02/01/us/budget.html
Now what I want to know is, where specifically are they going to make these massive cuts and how are they going to get their fellow Republicans to go along with it? For every piece of the budget, you have a constituency that relies on it in one way or another. Do away with any piece of it and you instantly have a new voting bloc that will form against you. Social Security and Medicare, touch any of that and you risk losing the elderly vote. Cut defense spending and you bring down the wrath of the establishment and their defense contractor lobbyists.
The truth of the matter is that by differentiating themselves from the rest of the party, they have created enemies and set themselves up for failure in the long run. There's simply not enough of them to fight the Democrats and their own party. Just as they rode in on a wave, there will be a wave that will sweep them out in 2 years because of the Catch 22 situation they will find themselves in.