As I feared, and as anyone could have foreseen, the Democrats' impeachment theater is only making American politics worse. It has reinforced the worst elements of neocon militarism while wrapping itself in hypocritical moralizing about "constitutional duty." There is nothing progressive that will come of it. In fact, the biggest fools in all this have been and are the "progressive" and #Resistance Democratic politicians and voters who pushed for impeachment, and went along as the process was inevitably taken over by " badass " CIA veterans and warmongering Russophobes.
It is likely to help Donald Trump get re-elected, and is certain to "scramble" the Democratic primaries as well as the general election campaign. Can anyone be dense enough to think that giving Trump the stage for the next year, and locking away in Washington two of his strongest (including the one left populist) potential opponents, is the smart strategy to beat him? We can measure how helpful that will be by counting how many speeches Democratic candidates have been giving about impeachment when they are campaigning outside the Beltway bubble.
If progressive politicians had any political sense, they would urge Pelosi not to pass articles of impeachment, go home for the holidays, and get on with the business of trying to elect a president that isn't going to kill us all.
But they won't, because, as Salutin says (in one of the best single sentences about the Trump era): "Their monomania over Trump exactly parallels his egomania about himself. Neither can get enough."
This is Trump Derangement Syndrome, deliberately cultivated to distract. It's that thing where, instead of ameliorating your friend's craziness, you catch it.
So the logic of the two contradictory Prime Directives plays out: Defeat Trump or impeach him? Neither.