Boehner's irrepressible hackosity is a serious problem for the Republican establishment, which desperately needs a more convincing con man to stave off voter anger on the right. In this regard, the contrast between Boehner and Littleton, the Tea Party leader in Boehner's home state, is interesting. The two men live in the same place, the small township of West Chester near Cincinnati, so Littleton is very familiar with Boehner. But Littleton's opinion of the Republican establishment couldn't be lower: It was precisely programs like the Medicare drug benefit bill and No Child Left Behind, programs he considers unacceptably wasteful and intrusive, that moved him to get into politics. "These were all Republican programs," Littleton says. "If you look at Republican congressmen from Ohio, they all voted for this stuff."....
...in some states the Republican Party fought...fiercely against the Tea Party; in Ohio, the party spent nearly $1 million campaigning to stop Tea Party candidates from assuming jobs at the state level. "They hate us more than they hate the left," says Littleton. "The left's just an enemy. We present a legitimate threat to them."... --Taibbi, quoted at Hit and Run
That stands in distinct contrast to the Wisconsin experience.
When Littleton met with party leaders after the election and asked what programs they are willing to cut, he was brushed aside. "We're going to be discussing that in April," he was told."I thought to myself, 'You campaigned on an entire platform of cutting government spending, and you don't know what you're going to be cutting until April?'"
It's not entirely unreasonable to defer commitments on spending reduction. The FedGov budget is not a 5-page document, and guerilla-warfare on line items is not necessarily the best way to achieve the ends.
At the same time, Boehner & Co. should have SOME articulable ideas, even if they're small.
After all, the trick is to starve the Feds while not killing the patient--which is the entire country. But Boehner & Co. best demonstrate--damn quickly--some bona fides, or they will not long remain in office.