Mario Benavente, a North Carolina Republican, puts it simply: "Political debate right now is a blood sport." The only thing that unites us is how divided we think we are.

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To navigate those potentially awkward holiday dinners, Samara Klar, Yanna Krupnikov and John Barry Ryan, three political psychologists, designed a primer to navigate those potentially awkward family encounters.

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• Fact check: GOP talking points full of untruths, Anderson Cooper finds • Analysis: Analysis: Impeachment stalls in polls. That happened with Nixon • Opinion: Because of Trump, the suburbs are nearly gone for the GOP

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Make no mistake about it: Democrats all but acknowledge there will be a vote to impeach President Donald Trump. But this week, and the hearings that follow, mark an enormously important piece of that process. Democrats on the investigating committees make clear they already believe they have the evidence to move forward with impeachment. These hearings will serve as an effort to bring the public along with them.

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