The newly elected “Tea Party” members of the House are shaping up to be a major influence on policy, and it’s a shame that they’re not represented. After all, the committee only exists because of the debt ceiling impasse caused in part by the obstinacy of this political faction. To achieve its goals, the committee will need to achieve a broad consensus in both parties and both houses. Regardless of whether one thinks the Tea Partiers are patriots or terrorists, they represent an important bloc in Congress and one that should have been represented — if only to ensure that any eventual agreement has buy-in from the broadest possible cross-section of Congress.
Globe file: Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman, right, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky earlier this year.