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House 'GQP' congeals around its leaders

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The Trumpist GOP identifies its allegiances. Nice to see Philip Bump using DKos data.

Eleven members of the House Republican caucus took the unusual step Thursday of supporting a Democratic-led effort to punish freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) for comments she made before coming to Congress. It was the latest example of a small clutch of Republicans being willing to hold a position that puts them at odds with their colleagues to enforce accountability for an elected official.
Interestingly, though, those 11 Republicans largely didn’t overlap with the 10 who last month voted to impeach President Donald Trump for inciting an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
By now, a month into the 117th Congress, we can discern three separate but fluid groups within the Republican caucus based on how they’ve voted on key issues. One group we’ll call the Trumpists, and it is made up of those Republicans who declined to impeach Trump, voted against stripping Greene of her committee assignments and backed the effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election by voting against counting the electoral votes submitted by Arizona and/or Pennsylvania.
Then there is what we’ll call the accountability caucus, the group of Republicans who voted either to impeach Trump or oust Greene. Those are two very different issues, of course, but each vote demonstrated a willingness to criticize another Republican against the will of party leadership.
The third group we can call the pro-democracy Republicans, those who stuck with the party on impeachment and Greene but who also rejected the effort to overturn Trump’s 2020 loss.
We can break the caucus into seven groups, showing how the various votes overlapped. To give a sense of how safe their seats are, we plotted them on a spectrum from least to most Republican based on the most recent district-level presidential results. (We’ve excluded those who were marked as voted on one or more issue.)…



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