The House managers are playing the outside game; they know it’s a long shot their prosecution will alter the final result, so they’re trying to shift public opinion. Trump’s defense is playing an inside game — they’re doing just enough to sustain the votes needed to acquit the former president.

“Not a single thing will change,” Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) told Axios. “The outcome is set.”…

“I don’t want to presuppose the conclusion, but I will say that it says a lot to have all these issues aired before the American public,” Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said. “Perhaps speaking to this for the historical record can help us prevent it from happening again.”