Ross Douthat has a warning for Tea Partiers today: don’t be seduced by Republicans that promise tax cuts but ignore spending cuts. He wants to remind the TP movement that its beef is not just with Democrats, but also with Republican candidates who have lost their Conservative way:

Their eccentric elements notwithstanding, the Tea Parties have something vital to offer the country: a vocal, activist constituency for spending cuts at a time when politicians desperately need to have their spines stiffened on the issue. But it’s all too easy to imagine the movement (which, after all, includes a lot of Social Security and Medicare recipients!) being seduced with rhetorical nods to the Constitution, and general promises of spending discipline that never get specific.

Definitely worth a read.