“The establishment is in such a state of shock,” said Mr. Gingrich, a former speaker of the House whose name has emerged among possible 2012 contenders. “I am a great passionate believer in the wisdom of the American people over time. They occasionally make mistakes — 2008 was an example — but they gradually correct.”…

“Every person who cares about America’s future has an absolute obligation to work as hard as they can from now and election day this year and to work for the next two years to replace the elites with common sense, grass-roots Americans who at least understand the truth and who have the courage to act on the truth and who are not afraid to tell the truth,” Mr. Gingrich said. “And who are not afraid to take the heat from our elites who, by the way, if we win those two cycles, will no longer be the elites.”

“Those who would have us ignore the battle being fought over life, marriage and religious liberty have forgotten the lessons of history,” said Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) in his speech Friday. “America’s darkest moments have come when economic arguments trumped moral principles.”…

[S]ocial conservatives here said that if the GOP takes back control of the House or Senate this November, they won’t tolerate compromise with Democrats on cultural matters.

Perkins said he expected a new Republican majority in the House to push back against any attempt to end the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy against gays in the military and legislation to restrict businesses from discriminating against gay employees…

The consensus among the establishment wing of the Republican Party is that to do anything but run against the purported fiscal excesses of the Democratic majority is folly.

COLBY KING, WASHINGTON POST: They [the Tea Party] have a litmus test that goes into being right to life, social conservative issues that they’re strong on. No, they would get rid of the IRS if they could. There is no room, there is no room for compromise because compromise is a bad word as far as they’re concerned.

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Look, I hate to say this, but I think that is completely wrong. The Tea Party has distinguished itself in being almost exclusively about governance, the reach of governance, taxation, economic issues. It is not the social conservatives. In fact, that is what distinguishes it. And I think the other element that is being missed here is it arose spontaneously as a reaction to an extremely aggressive, extremely ambitious left liberal administration that instead of, for example, attacking tax reform – which had it tried that at the beginning of its administration would have had bipartisan agreement and great success, as Reagan in ’86 – it decided it wants a reform of health care which nobody at the time thought was the major issue in the time of economic recession.