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Speaker Johnson and the unseen forces that unexpectedly propelled him to top House job

How did House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., become House Speaker Mike Johnson?

“Nobody knows!” was the joke on Saturday Night Live.

That’s partly true with Johnson and how House leaders rise from the rank and file.

On the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 24, House Republicans met to select their fourth nominee for speaker in the three weeks since they dethroned former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. House Majority Whip Tom Emmer, R-Minn., secured scores of more votes for speaker than anyone in the balloting. Mike Johnson’s candidacy was alive but with a barely detectable heartbeat. Johnson only secured 34 votes during the first round of closed-door balloting for speaker.

But in reality, there is a reason.

Particle politics. Seismic events — shifting at microscopic, almost undetectable levels.

Which is why it’s always hard to figure out who winds up in leadership.

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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