I anticipate this trial to be a ridiculous farce with the Dems attempting to use headlines as a way to force the Senate Republicans to cave on a long list of hostile witnesses in order to drag this thing out. And the MSM will amplify their nonsense incessantly. And hopefully Mitch McConnell will ignore all this and only provide the minimum time and air time to the Democrats.
What isn’t certain is how much of a show McConnell will allow. If McConnell had 51 reliable votes, he could go for a preliminary vote to refuse to go through with the trial. But as I’ll enumerate later there aren’t 51 reliable votes. The next least offensive choice is to forgo any evidence and after the two sides make their opening statements have the Senate go directly to a vote on conviction. That President Trump would win such a vote is a foregone conclusion. After that we get to uglier scenarios. If the President’s counsel and the House losers get to call witnesses this will be a three-ring circus complete with clowns and a freak show.
If I were to guess I’m going with a vote right after the opening statement. That would seem to be the option that we know we have the votes for that does the least damage.
But one thing is certain. A number of Senate Republicans will be turncoats and stab the President in the back. What this Trial will do is expose all the unreliable and/or hostile Senate Republicans. We can make a few assumptions ahead of time. Mitt Romney will be a turncoat. He’ll immediately start spouting Democrat talking points before even they do. Susan Collins of Maine is the most vulnerable Republican due to the Massachusetts colonization of Maine over the last twenty years. And of course, no list of unreliable Senate Republicans is complete without Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. She voted against Justice Kavanaugh and she’ll vote against President Trump just because she can. So, these are the knowns. Who are the unknowns? That is the good that will come out of this. We’ll find every single weak-kneed sister and every double crosser in the Senate.
So, there you have it. I have managed to come up with a bright side to the Impeachment travesty. Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Nadler and the other nimrods have assembled this sideshow that I will make a definite point to avoid but based just on the voting transcript I’ll have a perfect count of the Senate Republicans that we can and cannot count on when the chips are down. That’s my silver lining.