This link is just as angering to me as any Tea Party article: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43851666/ns/politics-capitol_hill/
You can bang your head against a wall until you knock yourself out but the wall doesn't care (this is true of any time, when any side on any position wants to try to force their position on others who have the power to resist). It all comes down to the immeasurable wisdom of Captain Jack Sparrow: "There are two things in life: what a man can do and what a man can't do."
There you have it. The Tea Party Republicans cannot pass a balanced budget amendment. They will not pass the Ryan plan. The Democrats do not have the House and can say "should, should, should" till they lose their voices. It is what it is. It doesn't matter whether you're right or wrong. It's what you can actually do and what you can't do. This is why I like Obama--he gets what he can and then compromises on what he can't. This is the sign of a wise leader--not the imbecilic Mr. Smith goes to Washington--a case study in stalemate, failure, and leadership stupidity.
When it gets to this point, "principled" people are some of the stupidest people in the world. Next step, they start blowing themselves up in marketplaces.