Let’s skip to the end. Even if you have a simple majority in the House to bring charges, a conviction requires a two-thirds vote in the Senate. We don’t live in that world now.

And that’s all you’re going to get before the 2020 election.

If you prefer moral victory to actual victory, you might push for impeachment anyway.

Minus a conviction, what’s that going to accomplish? More sound and fury? More of that face on television, more tweets before the inevitable conclusion.

In what fantasy world is the current Senate going to do anything — anything — to keep this president in check?

There are 559 days left before the election.

Only the math matters now.

And it’s math beyond the control of anyone in Humboldt County — or California, for that matter. Unless anyone here has a few hundred thousand cousins in the swing states.


All anyone who’s been paying attention can do in the next 559 days is continue to make the case against four more years of this president.

A stillborn impeachment isn’t going to accomplish that.

Even a House vote to censure the president would accomplish — what, exactly?

Do you think he doesn’t know what you think of him? He and his steadfast supporters seem to revel in it.

If anyone in the House is interested in making the case against four more years, don’t get ahead of yourselves. Just keep looking into what we already know.

Better to burn out than fade away? No — better to drip. A steady drip, drip, drip of hearings will be a far more effective use of those 559 days than any sputtering fireworks display destined to die in the Senate we have now. Keep him on defense. Keep him sweating. Don’t hand this president yet another easy win.

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