The resurrection of the fiscal conservative in the Senate. Senators Tom Coburn and Jim DeMint worked hard to block wasteful pork in the last session, and now have the Senate in a position where they won’t enact any more meaningful spending legislation until the Democrats take over. Until then there’s a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund discretionary spending at the same levels as last year until January. When the Democrats start as majority party they have to deal with this before anything else.
Andrew Roth (via Instapundit) thinks that it’s likely that the Democrats might just continue the CR through the remainder of the year. If that happens, Coburn and DeMint’s efforts will have saved taxpayers about $17 billion.
I bring this up because it would be nice if the public noted this behavior in the two senators listed above, decided that it’s a nice trait to have in a Senator, and repeated that by electing Senators in 2008 with the same fiscal tendencies.