Despite numerous defections among their ranks, Democrats are confident enough that they'll pass healthcare legislation tonight that they already appear to be celebrating.

During a procedural vote, members began walking up to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), asking her to sign their phone-book sized copies of the bill.

Among them was Rep Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), who worked for universal coverage for most of his career before his death earlier this year.

Kennedy seemed to start a trend of autograph-seeking. Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) signed a copy for Rep. Joe Baca (D-Calif.) as he stepped off the dais. Soon, in a scene reminiscent of yearbook day in junior high school, members were walking around asking each other to sign their copies of the bill.