Saturday, April 09, 2011

Tea Party revels in newfound clout: ‘When we’re cutting, we’re winning’

WASHINGTON — Americans learned yesterday the full power of the Tea Party, with newly elected conservatives calling the shots in the House rather than railing against government from the sidelines. For many in the movement, pushing the government to the brink of closure was a crowning achievement, an emphatic statement that spending must be reined in — and now.

“When we’re cutting,’’ said Representative Nan Hayworth, a New York Republican, “we’re winning.’’