The Tea Party's Plan for Capitol Hill

Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul and his wife Kelley, face a group of reporters and photographers as the leave their polling place in Bowling Green, Ky., Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)
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Whether they won or lost, the tea party made election night an act of rebellion, reports CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy.

"We have made Washington listen," said Linda McMahon, who lost the race for Senate in Connecticut.

With at least 39 tea party-backed candidates headed to D.C., they hope to put the brakes on the president's agenda.

"Tea Party activists like to say 'It's not just no, it's hell no,'" says CBS News political analyst John Dickerson.

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The Tea Party Express packed up its things in Las Vegas Wednesday, still smarting from Sharron Angle's loss to Harry Reid. They weren't so sure how the slogans of the campaign - like lower taxes, smaller government and less intrusion - will become policy.

"We're going to have to make cuts across the board," said Amy Kremer, the chair of the Tea Party Express. "No one ever said this was going to be easy. What programs do we cut - I don't know."

In a sign of what may be a conservative culture clash, on Wednesday, tea party champion Sen. Jim DeMint warned incoming insurgents to fight being co-opted by fellow Republicans.

"The establishment is much more likely to try to buy off your votes than to buy into your limited-government philosophy," DeMint wrote.

Tea partiers may even challenge John Boehner as Speaker of the House and will push Republicans to repeal health care reform.

"Our job is to make those politicians feel the heat if they haven't seen the light," said Sal Russo, the chief strategist with the Tea Party Express.

As for the next presidential race, the movement may already have its front runner. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is the tea party's most effective backer. Two years from now she may want their support.

More on the election:

What's Next for Obama and Congress?
John Dickerson: The Elephant in the Room
Keeping Score: Obama Support Yields Mixed Results
Election 2010: Winners and Losers
The New House Leaders
The New Senators on the Block