The Tea Party handed the majority back to the Republicans in the House of Representatives in 2010 in no small part to their pledge to reduce spending:
[From Dec 2010] Republicans, who captured the House from Democrats in the November election with a net gain of 63 seats, campaigned on a pledge to decrease government spending to 2008 levels. That would require Congress to find $100 billion in cuts next year.
Of course, 10 seconds into his term as Speaker of the House John Boehner began walking away from this pledge and never did cut $100 billion in spending, so the Tea Party abandoned the national politicians and went to work at home changing local offices and state legislatures across the nation. Michael Barone writes of the latest sea change at the state level, this time in deep blue Washington state:
Early this week two Democratic state senators announced that they would join with Republicans to control the state Senate…The new education committee chairman is a supporter of charter schools and school choice; a Republican will head the health care committee charged with responding to Obamacare. This looks like a rebellion against the left liberalism that has generally prevailed in Olympia…fter Barack Obama’s big victory in 2008, Democrats controlled the Washington state Senate by a 31-18 margin. Republicans gained 4 seats sin 2010 and reduced the Democratic edge to 27-22. After Obama’s littler victory this year Republicans gained another seat this year to reduce the Democratic edge to 26-23, leaving Democrats vulnerable to two defections.
Barack Obama may be holding most of the cards in Washington, D.C. But his party isn’t doing so well in the state capitals.