"The cynics will scoff. They'll say it's not possible [for the House to become functional again]. You better believe we're going to try."—Newly elected Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, during remarks on the floor of the House today.
Uh, I don't think it makes someone a "cynic" to be dubious about his election being a magical panacea for the divisive ills in Congress. I'm pretty sure it's not "cynical" to conclude that there might be dysfunction in a place that has been profoundly compromised by dysfunction for a very long time.
But hell. Republicans have never been fans of logic.