With the addition of tea party-backed members in the House, the Republicans entered the 2011 debt ceiling talks with much fanfare and bravado. But, there were not enough tea party people to constitute a 'spine' that would support the new-found courage.
Boehner and the Boys went into the room with big talk ... and came out with the super committee.
The least informed among us knew that was an utter defeat.
The tea party motto of 'Take out the trash' is still the only way to fix the Republican Party.