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The Democrats have now revealed the hand they're going to play for impeachment. I have been vehemently arguing against playing this game and pointing out how futile it is, but, seeing the two cards actually laid out on the table, even I am gobsmacked at what a loser of a hand they've got.

Of course, we have to recognize Gerald Ford's correct point that "An impeachable offense is whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history", and accept that the Democratic majority in the House at the present moment will determine that their two charges against Trump are impeachable offenses.

But it's equally true that an 'acquitable' charge is whatever more than a third of the Senate considers it to be, and the issue will finally be decided by the political support the charges can muster from Republican senators and their constituents.

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Do you suppose Pelosi will continue to sit on the impeachment articles as a means of denying Trump a quick acquittal, while Democrats trumpet the notion that Trump has been impeached?

If not, five Democratic senators will be required to sit through a Senate trial and stay off the campaign trail during a crucial phase of campaigning. And I have no doubt that McConnell and Graham would be happy to time and choreograph the trial in such a way as to compel those Democrats to hang around Washington six days a week during a crucial campaigning period.

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Honestly, I have no idea what Pelosi thinks she's doing by withholding the articles from the Senate. The Dems seem to be trying to control the process in the Senate as they did in the House, which of course they can't do. The delay will disrupt the candidates in the primary, as I mentioned. Perhaps that's a purpose--to divert the attention from the issues like M4A and the debate between Sanders and the Biden-Buttigieg centrists. In the end, it will only benefit Trump. Political suicide

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