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The chaotic, convoluted path House Republicans took to elect a speaker leads back to square one

The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, but in their effort to elect a House speaker, Republicans have taken a more tortured route.

Compared to a straight line, Republicans will follow the path of the “truncated icosidodecahedron rhombus,” a monstrous, convex, polygonous shape.

At least the truncated icosidodecahedron rhombus is an actual thing.

The Rube Goldberg-esque approach by House Republicans to the speakership would probably confuse Archimedes, Pythagoras and Euclid.

I’ve always said that the essence of Congress is “the math.” The math is rather simple. Republicans need an outright majority of the entire House — voting by name — to elect someone as speaker. But since they can’t balance the equation after nearly three weeks, the House has devolved into a state of unsolvable political algebra.

If nothing else, House Republicans have been consistent about one thing the past few weeks: Whatever the plan is, they will alter the strategy 180 degrees a few hours later.

The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. That is rarely the case for anything in Congress, but the exercise of electing a speaker is certainly akin to a truncated scosidodecahedron rhombus.

Chad Pergram currently serves as a senior congressional correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC). He joined the network in September 2007 and is based out of Washington, D.C.

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