The Republicans have gained 60 House seats, with thirteen seats still undecided. This gain gives the Republicans 239 seats in the House, with the Democrats holding 183 seats. What exactly will this majority mean?
Actually, with the exception of some changes in the chairmanships of some of the committees, the gain will mean very little. With the Democrats still holding a slim lead in the Senate, and with a Democratic president holding office, all the American people can expect is more gridlock.
If the next two years are nothing but the same as the last two years (with the exception of the health care overhaul), the Republican gains will be seen as nothing but anathema to the process and the Democrats will regain House seats. On the other hand, if President were to reach out the olive branch to the Republicans, some things may get accomplished.
In my opinion, you will see nothing but more of the partisan bickering that results in zero progress.