“We are going to use every tool that we have to fight for conservative principles and to battle against socialists,” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana vowed in an interview. “And we have more conservative members coming in who want to be a part of that fight.”…

“We are pretty giddy, I must say,” said Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), a former head of the House GOP’s campaign arm. “The excitement is palpable.”

“We will press [Democrats] hard on the floor over the next two years to set up repeated situations where their vulnerable members have to cast tough votes,” he added.