1. Here are the first three paragraphs of Robert Costa, Michael Scherer and Seung Min Kim’s fascinating article for the Washington Post:

Some Republican senators and their advisers are privately discussing whether to pressure GOP leaders to stage a lengthy impeachment trial beginning in January to scramble the Democratic presidential race — potentially keeping six contenders in Washington until the eve of the Iowa caucuses or longer.

Those conversations about the timing and framework for a trial remain fluid and closely held, according to more than a dozen participants in the discussions. But the deliberations come as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) faces pressure from conservative activists to swat back at Democrats as public impeachment hearings began this week in the House.

The discussions raise a potential hazard for the six Democratic senators running for president, who had previously planned on a final sprint out of Washington before the Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses and the Feb. 11 New Hampshire primary.

How interesting.  To say the least.

To be honest with you, I never thought of that possibility.

And I’ll bet the Democrats who, at least until yesterday, were enjoying their fantasy of President Trump’s head on a chopping block never thought of that possibility either.

Would Republicans do it?  Would they intentionally elongate what, it seems clear, is an exercise in futility for Democrats (unless you think 20 or more Republicans are going to toss Trump out of office)?

Yeah, of course they would.  And don’t doubt for a minute that they would relish every moment.

Given this impossibly farcical “impeachment inquiry”, based on absolutely no evidence of any kind…

…while ignoring the indisputable, on-video evidence of Quid Pro Quo Joe Biden threatening to withhold Ukraine aid unless the prosecutor investigating how his kid got millions from the Burisma energy company for doing exactly nothing was fired…

…do you blame them?

I can’t say I do.  Hey, payback is a biden.

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