The picture to the left is a picture of a very conservative Republican Congressman, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.)His philosophy, and the philosophy of most of the GOP freshman representives, is summed up in this article, The Audacity of Nope, which appears on the Washington Post website. If you want to know what motivates these idiots, check out the article.
What's interesting about these people is that they think the Republicans lost the 2006 mid-term elections not because of an unpopular war, deficits, and corruptation, but because they weren't conservative enough. They think the proper response of Republcans to what happened in 2006 is to go further to the right, not move toward the center. They fault George W. Bush for not for being too conservative, but for not being conservative enough.
These right-wing zealots are going to cause Rep. John Bohner all kinds of trouble if Republicans lose more seats in the House. They are going to want him replaced as Minority Leader. They probably all think that they are the next Newt Gingrich and that they, not Bohner, should be the Minority Leader. It will be interesting to watch what happens to Bohner this winter.