The impeachment process put a stake in the ground. It has put House members, Senators, and many others on record on this President. It has provided information, testimony, and argument that frame the issues and what is at stake here. That has been worth doing, even if the outcome falls short of removal from office.
Republicans are stuck with a tortured explanation of impeachment, while Democrats have a simple message: trials need witnesses.
In the impeachment games, Trump got off and Biden got smeared. Get ready for Emails 2.0.
Is it sacrilege to examine impeachment as a theme for a stage show? Perhaps, but if they can make a musical out of Les Miserables, think of what could be done with Trump, Guiliani, and the Three Amigos; with Volodymyr Zelensky as Jean Valjean?
Winning their general elections could be severely jeopardized if the public perceives the trial as phony or not taken seriously by the Republicans.
So far the Republicans are eagerly playing their assigned bad-guy roles. Pelosi probably knows that McConnell is more than ready to suit up as a villain.
A lengthy trial, without a damning quote from Trump, will allow him to play the victim, at which he is a master of portraying himself. The sympathy vote could turn out critical independent voters.
Is it wise to put the whole case in this one Ukraine basket? This scandal seems to have moved that meter only marginally. Trump's earlier potential crimes and misdemeanors, if less serious, may be easier to understand.
Trump’s claimed role as a fighter of corruption has focused solely on just the one company, Burisma, which employed Hunter Biden. Neither Trump nor Giuliani ever pursued investigating any other corrupt company in Ukraine.