The Tea Party Congress, the one now ending, is officially the least productive Congress ever.
That is what they said they would do if elected - prevent government.
I take them at their word that that is what they will keep doing.
The Republicans are at a crossroads. They control the legislative branch of government. They will have to decide whether to stick with the Tea Party and prevent government, or cut the Tea Party loose and govern.
This will be a very tough choice. So far the Republican leadership has talked tough about governing, but they haven't actually taken any concrete steps to break with their dangerous coalition partner.