ARLINGTON, Va. -- A group of conservatives and members of the Tea Party gathered in northern Virginia on Tuesday night to watch as the midterm election results were made public.
Polls show about 40 percent of voters say they agree with the Tea Party, translating into a sweeping takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives by the GOP.
While Tea Party members celebrated their winners, they also issued a warning to the incoming GOP leadership -- "We'll be watching you."
Gerson Moreno-Riano, dean of Regent University’s School of Undergraduate Studies and associate professor of government, talk more about the future role of the Tea Party on the CBN News Channel’s Morning News, Nov. 3. Click play to watch the interview.
A Vote for Principles
Many would argue the Republicans election victory wasn't about personality, but principles - principles this new wave of conservative and independent voters hope will translate into an overturn of the president's health care legislation and a reduction in federal spending. Some have even called for immigration reform.
"What we see coming out of Washington with these distant elites, acting as monarchs on the north banks of the Potomac - are dictates, mandates, redistribution and fostering and initiative sapping-dependency on government - and the American people said, 'No,'" Former Sen. George Allen, R-Va., said. "We want the American dream to stay alive."
"It's a complete rejection of the substantive policies we've seen for two years," Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said. "And that means in Congress, and it also means regulatory policies where this administration is being phenomenally aggressive. I don't know whether they're going to let up."
Probationary Period Begins
Many conservatives agree this new class of Republicans is officially on probation.
"We've got to earn trust back," Cuccinelli added. "And you don't earn trust back by talking back. You earn trust back by lowering your spending levels, by extending tax cuts, and by bringing your federal government under control again."
This new class of congressmen has two years to prove they can lead and create an economic environment that produces much needed jobs.