Senate impeachment trial shaping up more to be a motion to dismiss than a trial - 2020-01-21
Whatever the senate impeachment trial winds up being, it appears it will resemble a motion to dismiss more than a trial, since McConnell evidently has 51 votes for a process that won't permit a vote on witnesses until after the two sides manage to pack 24 hours of argument into 48 hour terms.
So they'll be arguing while everyone is asleep, shortening the opportunity for public debate, giving senators like Collins, Murkowski, and Romney cover to vote against witnesses and new evidence when the motion to dismiss period is over.
That's not to say the whole travesty doesn't bear watching. Everyone complicit needs to be held to account.