What was Tim Kaine’s first clue? Give him and Susan Collins credit for at least exploring the possibilities for a compromise position that would change the obvious eventual outcome of a new Senate impeachment trial. Compromise only works, however, when two sides have some common ground on which they can agree.
In this case, as Kaine and Collins have discovered, no such common ground exists. Most Senate Republicans refuse to concede any grounds on jurisdiction over Donald Trump now that he has left office. And almost every Senate Democrat wants to hold a trial rather than settle for any other type of rebuke, even if a trial is as futile this time as it was a year ago:
Kaine added: “I don't have enough support on the Democratic side because for most of my colleagues, it's impeachment or nothing.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 2, 2021