Senate Republicans have spent three years getting comfortable telling lies while running interference for Trump. They have no—literally zero—political incentives to stop now. Of course they’re going to choose Door Number Two, for as long as it’s practicable.

The question, then, is how long it will remain so. Can Republican senators run out the clock on a month-long impeachment using the bullshit, deflect-and-attack-CNN strategy? Maybe.

If they refuse to allow witnesses, this task becomes easier.

But the text messages, notes, and letters turned over by Lev Parnas showed us on Wednesday that it isn’t just witnesses that Republicans have to fear. Almost the introduction of almost any new information are going to make it harder for Republicans, which is why you see people such as Marco Rubio and Joni Ernst trying to shut down the inclusion not just of witnesses, but of all additional information, period.