Party Lines Strengthen Ahead of House Vote on Impeachment

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We ran the numbers: There are 1728 news articles covering this topic. 65% (1122) are left leaning, 22% (382) center, 13% (224) right leaning.

Ahead of Thursday’s House vote on the formalization of impeachment proceedings, Rep. Jared Golden (D-Maine) announced his support for the impeachment inquiry on Wednesday.

Golden’s statement means that only six House Democrats have yet to formally announce their full support for impeachment proceedings. That metric helps to signify how the current impeachment inquiry has strengthened the partisan divide between Democrat and Republican members of the House. 

That divide may soon be on display as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced earlier this week that the House will vote on Thursday to formalize the procedures of the impeachment inquiry.  "For the good of our country and the public's understanding of the process, this investigation should no longer continue solely in a closed setting. Tomorrow, I'll vote to open up the House investigation to the American people,” said Golden. 

The New York Times published a left-leaning article highlights the role that Pelosi’s had in uniting the House Democrats in support of the impeachment inquiry. According to the article, the recent shift in Democratic support for impeachment “reflects Ms. Pelosi’s close hold on and keen instincts about her fractious caucus, and the rapidly evolving politics of impeachment, captured in internal polls and focus groups.” Additionally, the Times reports that the vote on Thursday -- while not authorizing the inquiry -- would “be treated as a vote of approval or disapproval” regarding the impeachment inquiry and is expected to be highly partisan.

A centrist article from The Hill focuses on how members of the G.O.P. are caught between a rock and a hard place in the context of the ongoing impeachment inquiry. The article reports that G.O.P. members “realize their political fortunes and policy goals are tied to the president, but they also know their best shot at keeping control of the Senate hinges on senators preserving their independent brands.” Essentially, that means that the G.O.P. must be cautious in defending actions they view as inappropriate -- even if that means disagreeing with President Trump. According to the article, impeachment decisions by Senate Republicans -- with 22 seats up for reelection and their majority up for grabs in 2020 -- could radically shift the future in Washington. 

A right-leaning article from The Washington Times details how House Democrats have failed to garner Republican support for the impeachment inquiry. According to the article, the president took to Twitter Wednesday night saying, “Republicans are very unified and energized in our fight on the Impeachment Hoax with the Do Nothing Democrats, and now are starting to go after the Substance even more than the very [unfair] Process.” House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries said, “The only thing that we’re concerned about is presenting the substantive truth to the American people, and as long as we continue to do that, the American people will make decisions about the legitimacy of our concern.”