I guess trimming $2.1 trillion from the federal deficit over the next decade wasn't enough for senator David Vitter or the Tea Party. The republican from Metairie wasn't impressed with the latest and greatest budget compromise and voted against the measure. Senator Mary Landreiu, a democrat, voted for the compromise.
Most national pundits think legislation that cuts spending without any new taxes isn't a compromise, but a win for the Republicans. A win for the Tea Party. All spending cuts and no new revenue.
But hard core, hard line David Vitter didn't think the measure went far enough. The Tea Party members mostly voted against the compromise as well. Next time, the extremists won't be as fortunate.
Most moderate Republicans and Democrats had no choice but to vote for the measure. The deep south-rooted Tea Party members were willing to not raise the debt ceiling and have America's credit rating get downgraded for the first time in history. That's not compromise, that's dangerous politics.
The mentality of David Vitter and the Tea Party is to "do it our way or hit the highway, no flexibility." And obviously Democrats and a surprising number of Republicans don't like it.
Over 80% of Americans think negatively of republicans that back the Tea Party. 80%!!! These aren't make believe numbers but real numbers from real, reputable polls.
The hard line stance worked quite effectively this time for extreme Republicans and Tea Party members but next time they won't be as fortunate.