By standing by their cult leader, the Republicans have totally fucked themselves (and not in a good way). Over the past few weeks, pundits have speculated that the Democrats would try to make a deal with the Republicans, but the impeachment trial has changed that. If the Republicans don’t allow witnesses, their deceit will follow them forever. If the Republicans do allow witnesses, John Bolton and others will lay bare how Trump has put his own interests above those of the nation. Either way, the Republicans will have to endure the prison experience with telephone poles on November 3rd.

Here’s the only deal the Democrats should make: in exchange for enough Republican votes to convict Trump, the Democrats will agree not to impeach President Pence in 2020.