This afternoon, the U. S. Senate will do something they rarely do: put the President on trial. The process is written in out Constitution, in broad brush-strokes that assume much about the common sense and good will of the participants -- possibly more than most of us might credit some or all of the participants with possessing. But they've done it before and they'll get through it this time, too.
Don't watch in anger. Everyone involved is going to play up the drama. They all want your emotions involved. We're in an election year and nothing gets people into voting booths like strong feelings!
They're not wrong. But this is history on the hoof and how you feel about it as it is happening will not change the outcome. That's in the hands of the United States Senate.
This is an uncommon event and none of the players are in their usual, comfortable roles. How they behave can be revealing.
You can watch and learn or you can watch and fume -- fume about the President, fume about the Senate and its leadership, fume about partisanship or grandstanding, and before it's all over, you may even find a reason to be annoyed at the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Watch angry and when it's over, you'll be working on an ulcer while all or nearly all of the participants in the Senate Trial will get their nice, fat paychecks, same as every payday.
Most of us will be working, at least for the first few innings; but I plan to watch what I can as coldly as a hawk. It's a rare opportunity and I don't want to waste it.
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