If politics is mostly theater, here are a few plot twists I suspect are coming for “The Re-Impeachment.” Republicans in the Senate have figured out a sly way to deplore the Capitol Riot and Trump’s incitement but argue against impeachment on procedural grounds (unconstitutional to convict a President who has already left office). The test vote Rand Paul forced his week would indicate 45 of 50 Republican Senators are going to use this politically irresistible evasion.
Hence my sly plot twist, which only becomes clear in the last act. Democrats get to have their Senate impeachment show trial, making more Republicans like the odious Cruz and Hawley and Cotton twist in the wind. In exchange, Senate Republicans get to protect their right flanks by voting against conviction and wrapping themselves in the Constitution.
And what about Republicans who want to dump Trump from further political office without getting any spots of blood on their hands? Aha! Democrats (maybe by a pre-arranged deal) then dust off Article 3 of the 14th Amendment, by voting 51-49 to preclude Trump from holding future office. Republicans deplore this dastardly deed loudly and crocodile-tearfully, indignantly deploring this devious maneuver and feigning fealty to the decapitated King. Everyone wins, including the martyred Donald. Only a Mitch McConnell could be this clever a playwright.