The Man Who Wasn’t There

The act of political theatre that played itself out in the Capitol last week was a hybrid of a repeat performance of a mediocre high school play and a color war performance.

Like the first impeachment trial, the ending of version 2.0 was known well in advance. Most of the actors stuck to their predictable, scripted lines, and when they didn’t, the contest sounded more like who can use the highest number of passionate adjectives rather than arguing about the preponderance or absence of actual evidence. There was little doubt in the mind of either team — and the minds of their respective, though not necessarily respectable, army of supporters — that most of the jurors sitting on the case had made up their minds before the case was heard.

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