I closed the December issue by responding to a correspondent that, in the immediate aftermath of the impending House vote on two very weak articles of impeachment he should watch Nancy Pelosi’s next moves very closely and I suggested to readers that they consider this: Does Speaker Pelosi really want to preside over an impeachment by the House decided on strict party lines which will certainly result in an acquittal by the Senate, an effective exoneration of Donald Trump? Sure enough, I don’t think so, and she has been very canny in milking every drop of political mileage out of this year-end interregnum by delaying “the delivery” of the articles to the Senate and appointing the House trial managers to bring pressure on Mitch McConnell to allow more testimony drama. It’s constitutional fraud, but hey, hardly anyone really knows what an impeachment trial looks like and she has nothing to gain by a speedy trial, so she is fooling a lot of people for as long as she can, dominating the daily news cycle, possibly provoking Trump into something stupid, and she shouldn’t be allowed to get away with it once Congress reconvenes. Majority Leader McConnell should then, after a very short notice period to the Speaker, immediately restore institutional seriousness and order and begin the trial, with or without House managers. There would be minimal political risk for Republicans; Pelosi doesn’t care if there is never a trial. Enough of this nonsense.