Check it out at Townhall:
House Republicans have coalesced around the issue of federal spending, handing Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) a stinging defeat on earmark reform and sending their liberal colleagues a unified message not to exceed the president’s budget requests.
For conservatives who stayed home last Election Day, it’s refreshing to see someone in Washington paying attention again.
Conservatives have Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.), chairman of the Republican Study Committee, to thank for much of what’s happening. Hensarling’s unabashed devotion to fiscal restraint has helped GOP leaders John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) unify Republicans.
There's no question that some Republicans are only 'getting religion' because the voters gave them 'a thumpin.' Others were persona non grata under the old, majority leadership, and are suddenly back in vogue. Would it be better if they were all fiscal conservatives simply because they believed it was the right way to make public policy? Certainly. But either way, we again have at least one party motivated toward spending restraint and openness in how government does business.