Diana West

If our new Republicans are as gullible as our old ones, instead of cutting taxes across the board, they just might "compromise" with Democrats, and that's the end of that. Or instead of refusing to raise the national debt ceiling another trillion dollars, they just might "compromise" with Democrats and up it goes. Or instead of repealing Obamacare, they just might "compromise" with Democrats and fine-tune a few colossal programs. When all the votes are cast and backs patted, of course, "compromise" is a poor substitute for principle. But all we can do now is hope for change: that the GOP, backed by the tea party, stands strong this time even in the face of Democratic accusations that it is playing "politics as usual," or acting like the "Party of No." Because it's a sure thing that such accusations are on their way. Indeed, even as voters were still heading to the polls on Tuesday, Michelle Malkin noted the Democratic National Committee had already released talking points that attacked Republican leaders who "are not willing to compromise."

Of course, that's precisely how so many Republicans got elected in the first place. "We are determined to stop the agenda that Americans have rejected and turn the ship around," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday. Which sounds great, robust and uncompromising. But look out: In a sign of what may be an unfolding Democratic strategy or bunker mentality, or both, President Obama followed up at his White House press conference by rejecting outright the notion that his agenda had anything at all to do with the election that gave Republicans their historic gains. Rather, he insisted, the vote reflected the frustration of Americans over the slow pace of his agenda -- another point over which there is no place for compromise.

There are more, as Malkin noted: "No more compromising bailouts in times of crisis. No more compromising conservative principles for D.C. party elites. No more compromising the American economy for left-wing special interests." No more compromising.

And so what if they call the GOP the "Party of No"?

The Party of No Compromise is the Party of Principle.

Diana West

Diana West is the author of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character (St. Martin's Press, 2013), and The Death of the Grown-Up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization (St. Martin's Press, 2007).