Will they or won’t they, that was the question. But now it has an answer, and Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate hasn’t even started.
Since Pelosi demanded the House take up articles of impeachment against Trump, the nation has wondered if the necessary 17 Republican senators would join with the Democrats to convict him. We still can’t be certain because the Senate trial hasn’t even started, but we got a good look at how senators will vote when Senator Rand Paul forced a voted on the constitutionality of the proceedings.
Paul’s point of order forced a vote that showed just five Republicans think the impeachment is constitutional given that Trump is no longer in office. That’s a long way from the necessary 17 needed to convict him. While some of those who voted that the trial isn’t constitutional can still vote to convict, it seems highly unlikely that an additional 12 will join the Democrats.
That makes the lead up to the Senate trial, as well a the trial itself, something of a yawner.