Who says bipartisanship is dead?
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) attracted a surprise round of applause on Wednesday night when he showed up unexpectedly at the Capitol Hill Club, a GOP hangout.
Instead of treating the opposition leader like an intruder, the full crowd of GOP House members, staffers, and guests embraced him, culminating in a spontaneous round of applause. A few members, according to an ITK spy, even asked, half-jokingly, "What's up, boss?"
Hoyer said he was there looking for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C), who had left only minutes before he arrived. Unfazed, Hoyer stopped to say hello to every table before hitting the road. In a 2009 survey conducted by The Hill, House Republicans named Hoyer as the most bipartisan Democrat in the lower chamber.
This isn't the first time a party leader has ventured onto the other team's turf after hours: Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) used to duck into the National Democratic Club for a quick cigarette after smoking was banned at his own party's club. One visitor reportedly even asked Boehner to autograph a menu at the club in 2007.