The most important person in the impeachment trial is missing. It isn’t Trump.

For more than two hours on Wednesday afternoon the senators at Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial were addressed by a congressman best known for farting on live television and falling for a Chinese honey trap.

Why Democrats would choose Rep. Eric Swalwell to help present their case is a question for Mr. Owl. His role is a perfect illustration of what makes these proceedings so tedious. We are solemnly assured that the trial is the most important thing happening in the world, yet nothing of interest can be said about it. The participants on either side are engaged in a rote mechanical exercise; the outcome is not remotely in doubt.



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