The House Democrats' impeachment case against Donald Trump has been thorough and convincing, but I doubt any Republican senators will be swayed.
The Democratic arguments, augmented by impressive videos and charts, might influence undecided voters to turn against Trump in the 2020 election. But ratings show that few Americans are tuning in.
As Republican senators show their contempt for the proceedings, and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts struggles to stay engaged, Trump continues his assault on long accepted environmental policies. The administration's latest move is to weaken restrictions on polluting waterways. That follows efforts to gut the endangered species act and regulations against the release of harmful chemicals.
The New York Times Friday ran a list of the administration's environmental officials, all of them tied to fossil fuel industries. Former oil and coal executives who disparaged climate change science now run the EPA and other agencies with the aim of crippling their mission. Cabinet officials like Agricultural Secretary Sonny Perdue slash research, a basic governmental function.
The House impeachment case, while complete, is a small part of Trump's assault against American values, accepted in the past by Republican and Democratic administrations.