In Baltimore on Thursday, former House Majority Leader Richard Armey, the chairman of tea party backer FreedomWorks, exhorted a roomful of incoming members of Congress not to stray from the small-government principles that propelled them to power.
Don't be dazzled by plum committee assignments or other enticements from Republican leaders, he cautioned, if they come at an ideological price.
In Washington, those same Republican leaders continued to make overtures to the new class of conservatives by offering them unprecedented roles to shape the debate in the coming legislative session.
Everyone, it seems, is positioning to lay claim to the Republican Class of 2010, providing an early glimpse of the tension that emerges when a movement based entirely on its outsider status is suddenly on the inside.
Never miss a local story.
Most of those reached Thursday were careful to insist that there is no tension — that GOP leaders, the incoming class and even third-party organizers such as FreedomWorks all share the common goals of reducing taxes, spending, earmarks and the national debt.