Early benefits of the Tea Party revolution?

It seems the Tea Party leans toward civil liberties:
Democratic Rep. Lacy Clay (Mo.) laughed as he told The Hill, "We're so happy, I'm so happy. I voted against it. They tried to get enough Rs to switch their votes, because the Tea Party voted 'no' also... but it wasn't enough."
The article seems weirdly slanted toward Democratic smugness when the real story is a shift in the Republican position, though.