There is a huge difference. The "right thing" is often unpopular. Conservative
/Republicans fight to constrain government's power over people and the excessive spending will adversely affect people on welfare, food stamps, government employees (almost half of all workers) and others. But everyone except liberals pretty much know it is the right thing to do.
That said, on to the proof that it is the right thing. Recent headlines in the news say things like...
- Teachers Union Ad Campaign Slams GOP For Shutdow
- Media Blames Republicans For (whatever)
- Harry Reid (or any senate Democrat) calls Tea Partiers and conservatives names like "anarchist", "terrorist" etc..
When the enemies of good, small, effective government rant against you as much as they are today, then you know conservative Republicans are on the right track.