http://planetrye.blogspot.com/2009/01/details-from-capitol.html That story does leave out some details, which I'll fill in from what I've heard about it on Daily Kos. The republicans just took the majority in the house, but barely. 50 Rs to 49 Ds. The Rs had planned on electing a far right wing extremist as Speaker of the House, and they were so confident, in fact, this neocon brought his own bible to be sworn in on today. But, there was one republican, who's much more of a moderate. So moderate that the other republicans were bullying him and threatening boycotts on his family business unless he voted with them. So he got all 49 Democrats to vote for him, plus his vote, made 50, electing him speaker. He's still a republican, but he's much more moderate and not a right wing nutjob, and has promised bipartisanship, and hopefully, he'll deliver. I sometimes wish the US House had the balls to do that.