Tea Party's defeat in budget showdown angers conservatives

(CBS News) CASHIERS, N.C. -- Two weeks ago we sat down with conservatives in this community who supported the shutdown.

Ken Fernandez, the president of the Chamber of Commerce, told us he was about a government default.

"Lord help us," he said of the prospect that the government would still be shut down on Oct. 18.

Today those same three voters were relieved there was no default, but angry.

"I'm very frustrated, very angry," Fernandez said. "Part of me says we need a bigger slap in the face than what we got in the last couple weeks to wake the government up."

Would he be willing to risk another government shutdown?

"If that's something that would actually work," Fernandez said. "If it works, great, but I don't know if that's going to work. Maybe it's going to take something else."

Ken Fernandez
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Realtor Jane Ebbers was upset the bill ending the impasse had additional spending.

"It didn't get better, it actually got worse," she said. "They created more debt with what they passed last night."

She thought the shutdown in the end was worth it.

"It sent a statement to Washington to get their fiscal house in order," she said.

She agreed Washington had not heeded the statement.

"We didn't get it," she said. "But I think the message, and the amount of attention, and the interest in the American public, should get their attention, that they need to do something. They can't continue on this path. It's a path of destruction in the future for our economy."

Jane Ebbers and Vic Galef
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Vic Galef is a retiree.

"I think the Tea Party has hurt itself, I think the Republican Party has hurt itself and I think the Democratic Party has hurt itself, and I think the president has hurt himself," he said.

What does he think when he hears people on either side say "No compromise?"

"If they're saying no compromise on both sides, and they're not willing to talk, then we've got the wrong people," he said.

Their congressman is Mark Meadows, a freshman Republican who encouraged Speaker John Boehner last month to shut down the government. Meadows voted against the budget deal, and his constituents we spoke to today supported that.

Complete coverage of the government shutdown here.
  • Mark Strassmann

    Mark Strassmann was named CBS News Transportation correspondent in August 2011. He has been a CBS News correspondent since January 2001, and is based in the Atlanta bureau.

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