From a longtime reader …
I was just reading this Jonathan Bernstein column (he’s a no on impeachment). I didn’t find all of it convincing, but he makes the key point that if the House votes to impeach, the process moves to the Senate. And that means McConnell will be in control. And then the question becomes which route will McConnell go: refuse to hold a trial at all or simply hold a show trial? The idea that he’d conscientiously preside over a trial of his party’s president is a joke. It would just be an opportunity for him to wrest back the narrative.
To me, the strongest argument for impeachment is something along the lines of: If Congress won’t impeach this president, then what use is that power? What use is the Constitution? What is impeachment for – if not, for this?
It’s an argument that basically boils down to saying that our system of government is broken if this Congress doesn’t impeach. I think it’s a powerful point. And, like you, I think that question has already been decided. Our government IS broken. Pursuing impeachment would be just another way of demonstrating that. Put another way, impeaching would be good governing but bad tactics.