Ryan won 239-189, and suffered just one Republican defection when Rep. Tom Massie, R-Ky., voted for Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Fla. That’s a major sign of GOP unity in the House, especially coming after Boehner’s last election, when he lost 24 Republicans.
With so much power in their hands, unity is exactly what the GOP needs now. I think Ryan’s overwhelming victory is an indication that his walk on the ideological fence may be done (he’s been accused of turning away from his staunch conservative moorings over the past few years). His partnership with Donald Trump, while initially hesitant and awkward, has matured since early in Trump’s campaign. He seems poised to be both a champion for the president-elect and a source of good conservative leadership in the House going forward.