As long as the Tea Party stays on message, that of fiscal responsibilty they will be alright. Now, if they start adding more issues to thier platform, they would be in trouble.
Diminished influence? Heck, the are getting ready to force the Dems to shut down the Fed Gov!
Dems won't agree to any meaningful budget cuts. They just want to keep on printing and borrowing money raising the debt ceiling.
I just hope the Republicans are strong enough to draw a line in the sand and stick with thier measily 60 billion in cuts and go after a trillion in cuts next year.