History has its eyes on you, Senate, and if you don't know, now you know
WASHINGTON -- Aaron Burr famously foresaw it all, in the room where it happens one winter day in 2020: the Senate chamber.
The impeachment trial of President Donald John Trump happens here. The jury is 100 silent senators. We witness the trial in the press gallery. Things swerved when Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz entered the drama to defend Trump, amid a startling new account by John Bolton, his former national security adviser.
Men once wept hearing Burr declare American democracy depends upon the Senate. He was vice president then. Now, I might add, much depends upon the verdict the Senate reaches on a president who would be king.
Burr and rival Alexander Hamilton were Revolutionary War heroes when they were young, riding into battle against a king's soldiers.
They'd know Trump's type -- better than we do. They broke from government by one man's personal whims and dark grudges.
Hamilton himself helped frame the congressional impeachment clause of the Constitution as an emergency exit from a corrupt leader.
Brilliant Burr, who killed Hamilton in the tragic duel, stood on the Senate floor to say farewell in 1805. He knelt to declare that if the Constitution should ever perish by "the demagogue," it would expire on this floor.
"This floor!" He shouted and slammed his fist on the floor in a flourish. It's one of the greatest Senate speeches in American history.
Yet it's not history anymore. The Senate Republican block looks ready to let the president walk.
If they can't even muster four (of 53) to vote for witnesses like Bolton, the body in the chamber shall have lost its soul.