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Don’t Care for This Impeachment? Wait ’til Next Year.

“It might not necessarily be what some of those guys want to do, but it might be what the base expects,” he mentioned. “People want Armageddon.”

Let the therapeutic start!

Or not. For as a lot as Impeachment II ended on Saturday with a big variety of Republican senators (seven) voting to convict Mr. Trump — and was accompanied by powerful statements from some who voted not responsible, together with the Republican Senate chief, Mitch McConnell — different defenders of the previous president turned their focus to a bitter way forward for impeachment roulette.

Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, recommended on Friday that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would possibly begin wanting round for a great impeachment lawyer (as a result of, actually, what would partisan Armageddon be with out the Clintons?).

Mr. Rubio framed his assertion round a considerably tortured rhetorical question: “Is it not true that under this new precedent, a future House facing partisan pressure to ‘lock her up’ could impeach a former secretary of state and a future Senate forced to put her on trial and potentially disqualify from future office?”

It was not precisely clear whether or not Mr. Rubio was criticizing Mr. Trump for whipping up his supporters right into a frenzy that led to irrational calls for to imprison Mrs. Clinton, or whether or not he was accusing Democrats of performing irrationally themselves by impeaching Mr. Trump a second time in two years.

What was evident, nevertheless, was that Mr. Rubio was assuming the worst intentions by the opposition — and the sensation seems extraordinarily mutual. Cable and social media chatter have been awash in bleak eventualities.

“If Republicans take Congress, they could not only impeach Biden and/or Harris,” Jon Favreau, a speechwriter for President Obama, tweeted on Sunday, “they could potentially succeed in overturning the results of the 2024 election.”