Donald Trump has made history. He is the first president to be impeached twice. Of course, the second impeachment wouldn’t have become necessary if the first one had succeeded — but conviction and removal from office takes a two-thirds vote of the Senate, and Republicans didn’t go along with the initial effort. America was deprived of the privilege of a one-year presidential term for Mike Pence.
Democrats are about to take control of the upper chamber, but not by a wide enough margin to convict Trump on the charge of inciting last week’s insurrection in the Capitol. They will need Republican votes, and there are a few reasons to believe the outcome could be different this time around.