For some time, the House has been called "dysfunctional" by critics on the right and the left. House hard-liners were largely responsible for the government shutdown. The speaker has undergone a series of ordeals, including the Budget Control Act of 2011 and the "fiscal cliff," because a significant segment of his caucus is unrealistic. But now the House is at least doing its job professionally.To the dismay of liberals and right-wing immigration reform opponents, Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, promised that immigration reform was coming. The House already passed Iran sanctions, intelligence reauthorization and a variety of economic and energy bills, as Boehner's staff was delighted to point out. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is reportedly narrowing in on a budget deal with modest spending cuts and discrete trades for sequestration relief (allowing much-needed defense spending but no tax hikes). The back-benchers seem to have been tamed, if not charmed.