The 2019

Patriots Season. 

7-Things for Sunday: 

Part IV:

OK Vs. LSU!

By TOM

This is going to be a good one. I don't see how Oklahoma beats LSU, unless Borrow has a complete meltdown. I can't see how that happens. He is going to destroy this Defense, and as impossible as it sounds, he is likely to complete 80% of his passes in this game. That is not something I have ever thought about another QB before a game, never mind write it or say it out loud. 

#1 Jalen Hurts 6-2, 219, QB- I don’t like his decision making sometimes. But he kills college defenses with his running. That does not an NFL QB prospect make. Oklahoma is going to need him to be the best QB on the field to win. Oklahoma is beat up a little, and Borrows is the best College QB prospect I’ve seen, maybe ever. Hurts is going to have to throw better in this game than any other games this season to win.

He gets inaccurate the pocket, when his feet are sideways, and not perpendicular to the line. While he has elite feet running, most of his bad throws are when he looses his feet in the pocket. He is doing a better job of staying on platform this season, and keeping his feet under him, and not losing complete control and throwing with his feet twisted.

Hurts can make some great throws. But his instincts are to take off and run when things break down. However, he is clearly staying in the pocket longer and getting to his 3rd option occasionally. I’d like to see him get to his 4th option in this game more than once.

He can deliver the ball on time and accurate when the WR gets open off the stem right away. He has great chemistry with Lamb. He can put the ball on his hands all over the field. Terrific throwing outside while on the move. His passes still are a little off in ball placement than dropped smoothly into the WRs hands. They always seem to have to make an adjustment to the ball.

He is terrific throwing off platform. Which can be a weakness as well, as he over relies on his great movement skills. But he did do a better job this season staying in the pocket and moving off platform to get the extra second for his WR to get open and throw it to him while moving back and sideways.

#2 *CeeDee Lamb- 6-2, 191, WR- He is effective on the Jet sweep. Any way they get the ball in his hands to run in space, makes coaches look like geniuses. There is no one better in this Draft at making defenders miss after the catch. 

It is amazing how quick he pirouettes to snag the back shoulder on the side line while facing inside, and gets the feet down as the CB slams him in the back. He reminds me of Lynn Swan dancing away from the CB and adjusting to the off throw to snag the pass off by yards not feet.

Jogs patterns on runs away sometimes, as he fakes going deep. He can give the knock out block, when he comes back to help his QB, and Hurts takes off to his side. He is so much stronger than his thin frame indicates. Great quick feet in pattern taking the outside shoulder of the CB. He has some snap breaking inside.

He is such a smooth runner. Good blocker on the 2nd level. Grabs shirt and holds on very well. He is deadly running patterns from the slot. He is great at getting open deep. He makes the difficult adjustments to the ball look so easy and natural. He turns to the ball at full speed with the CB grabbing him, and snags the ball like cake when the QB throws it to the wrong shoulder. Elite ball skills.

I can’t wait to see him play against Fulton. "They're very physical," CeeDee said. "They call themselves DB-U for a reason. So I can't wait to see on Saturday." I can’t wait to see if he can get open deep on Fulton.

#80 *Grant Calcaterra- 6-4, 233, Slot WR/H-back- He retired from college football due to concussions. I wonder if someone would draft him in the 7th as a "he might change his mind" pick? But that’s it for him.

#84 Lee Morris- 6-2, WR, Rr-Sr- He is mostly a big slot guy for Oklahoma. He didn’t produce pretty much at all until last season. He did not produced as hoped in 2019. He had a great game against Baylor with 7 catches for 86 yards. He could be a Day Three surprise.

In fact he played great against Baylor in 2018 as well. "Lee was a huge part of the [Baylor] game. He played excellent. Jalen did a good job finding him on a number of occasions, "OK HC Riley said. "Our guys outside have gotten some attention, so even with CeeDee not there, it was important to be able to attack some people over the middle. And then Lee just made some clutch, big time catches. I mean, several of the catches he got hit a little bit and able to hang on. I mean, it's what he's done his entire career here." He had his two best career games against Baylor.

He has a pretty good release off the line. Good athlete with some speed in pattern. Runs a nice short Post in the Redzone. He can leap up and snag the pass high and inside. Nice quick burst off break outside. He has the speed to get open over the top, and seems to have no trouble catching the ball. He has some sharpness in cuts to create separation.

I like the way he runs patterns to get open. "I never saw myself anywhere besides here. I was going to come here regardless of whether I had a scholarship or not and just work my way up to the position where I am right now." Morris said. "I had to work my way through it. I had to pay my dues. I had to play scout team. I had to work my way up. Earn time on special teams. Sure enough, as soon as I got my opportunities on offense, I made the most of them. Sure enough, I’m getting more and more and more and more. Here I am." He is better running patterns against Zones than Man.

Willing blocker. He is a good blocker on the edge on the CB. He has good size, and can use his size and long arms to grab and hold on. Moves his feet well with short quick steps to maintain the block. Consistently gets to DB on 2nd level to block.

#83 Nick Basquine- 5-11, WR, Rs-Sr- A little small guy without a lot of production. "There’s not many things on a football field I wouldn’t trust him to do," Riley said. Except apparently put him on the field when the Offense is on the field. He has struggled to stay healthy and didn’t really play this season.

#56 **Creed Humpreys- 6-5, OC, RS Soph- He is flying up charts, if he declares he could go Day Two. Terrific consistent snapper. Plays with balance, strength, and at arm’s length in pass pro. Slides effortless to another rusher on stunts and twists. Good hitter right off the snap on zone runs sliding to his right.

He doesn’t look to me like the kind of cat who would declare. "Throughout the season, we've had some adversity for sure. I think (it) just really just prepares us to be in any type of game that we find ourselves in," Creed said. "So I think it's a good thing we've faced adversity so far. So nothing is going to surprise us. That's good." He only started two seasons for LSU.

Though he does look like he is ready for the NFL. Great consistent snapper. He flashes the ball to the QB’s hands every time, quick and accurate. 

Plays and stays low, and he consistently gets leverage. He is so balanced moving backwards. He gets under the DLs pads consistently, and pushes him away from the play. Nice job reanchoring and even reengaging when he gets popped back by the NT. Slides over infront of the DT effortlessly.

Knows his position and responsibilities in each play. Patient waiting for the Mike to try and fill the hole, and then taking him out so the RB can cut off his block. Terrific balance when he gets bent back by power, and holds on until he can reanchor. Slides over smoothly in pass pro, and finds the blitzer in traffic. Consistently wins the fight to seal the DT away. 

 

 

 

 

 

#9 *Kenneth Murray- 6-2, 243, ILB- Great knack for finding the hole and filling it. He takes great angles into the backfield to get the RB on the sweep. I didn’t think he played well early in the season, but he got his mojo back late in the season. He is was the best run stuffing LB in the FBS in 2018, but not in 2019. There is already talk of him in the 1st.

He has done a great job improving in coverage of RBs and TEs. Nice job sidestepping the blocker to get infront of the RB. He finds the RB in the middle of the field. When he hits RBs they go down. Nice form tackler. Nice job slapping the blockers hand down as he gets outside to the RB. 

He has such great feet moving laterally to the hole. He plays as low as any LB in this Draft. Amazing how he consistently sidesteps OGs trying to get to the 2nd level to block him.

Terrific job zoning the middle, and going over and taking out the slanting WR as he catches the ball. He makes plays in coverage. He can tackle the RB as he grabs the ball on a pass, and knock the ball out as they fall to the ground.

Terrific finding the RB on the Goalline. He is a Mike, who played a lot of Nickel ILB in their spread defensive scheme. He is so slick moving through traffic to get to the RB. No one does it better in this Draft. 

He is not as slick sacking the QB, but he can flush him by slipping to him behind his DLs. 

Sets up the defense, and will literally shove guys into their proper position. He just plays perfect position to tackle the RB or ball carrier on every play. Elite smarts and instincts on the 2nd level.

He plays a little high, so he can peak into the backfield. He has a nice deep drop, and can flash up forward and outside the Seam when the WR catches it in pattern. He has great on field speed. 

He will spy the QB a lot as well, and charge forward when he starts to take off and not wait for him at the line. I like that. In fact, there are very few things he does that I don’t like.

#90 Neville Gallimore- 6-2, 301, Rs-Sr, DL/NT- Great job working outside to tackle the RB outside the numbers. You just don’t see NTs doing that. He is an amazing mover. He is not a typical NT. Though he plays more 5-Tech in their odd front. TMIWHTMILH. He could be a big fit for the Pats if he lasts that long. He looks like a 5-Tech to me, but play NT.

He has that knack for getting upfield infront of the QB. He causes a lot of disruption to the QB. Better mover than given credit, he can rush the QB on one side, and get over and tackle the RB on the screen. He plays in a 3-4, usually on the Nose. He has an explosive blast off to drive the OC up and back, and then swim over him to hit the QB. He loves that quick explosive swim.

He is a little short, but not really undersized. He looks like he has long arms, and wins at the point with his hands and arm length. It will be interesting to see how long his arms are at the Combine. Nice speed outside on the swing pass to beat the RB to the LOS by the numbers. He is a NT, but he lines up off set more than not. He wins by grabbing the arms of the OC, and then peeking to find the ball. 

#97 Marquise Overton- 6-1, 315, NT SR– He can get outside the tackles on the toss, and knock the RB’s block off. He was a back up this season. It is tough to find tape of him. 

He has some push upfield. He is a good stunter looping around to hit the QB. He is a huge DT who get to the QB. 

#11 Parnell Motley- 6’. CB, JR- Made the big play against OK ST, and picked up a fumble to help his team win. He has some clutch in him. He also snagged an INT in the OK ST game, only his foot was a tick out of bounds, maybe. Great job getting to the RB and forcing the fumble. He was a turnover machine in the Champ game.

Nice job using his hands to slap off the WR and going and getting to the RB on the 2nd or 3rd level. Plays Off a lot. Nice feet stopping and charging instantly to the WR on short throws. He has some interesting COD. He will turn and bail to watch the QB, and has a good feel for routes without staring down the WR.

Great pedal moving backwards, and turns slowly as he reads the pattern, and can turn and run with the speed WR deep down field. Better playing the man than the ball. He will cut off the WR sometimes, when it looks like has a play on the ball.

He had 3 INTs and 11 PBUs in 2018. "In 2017, I got out to an early jump. I had a good start then kind of declined," Motley said. "It’s good to feed off the motivation from that. I don’t look at those kind of things as anything other than that it’s good to see it. But it’s got to keep me motivated." In 2019, he only had 1 INT, but also had 11 PBUs again (so far;).

He can get twisted by a stop and go move, and give up over the top. But he recovers well and can get back into the Play. Doesn’t always look back for the ball when he regains position off a panic play, where he gets beat off line. He looks like he is afraid to get beaten deep.

#18 **K'Lavon Chaisson- OLB, 6-4, 238, - Chaisson is a top character player. He was award LSU's biggest honor for a player by being given #18. That means a lot at LSU, and means a lot to me in the Draft. Like Tre'Davious White, who incredibly is having as good a season as Stephon Gilmore this year. That is the kind of smart leader and character player the #18 produces at LSU. 

Great burst upfield to force the QB to throw quick. Then he will leap up as the QB throws and knock the pass down. Great job using his hands and feet together to swipe and hop past the OLT. He needs to add some weight.

This cat really flashes and dashes up field like a reindeer, and might be my favorite player on this Defense. He just needs a little more consistency. 

He has some gallop moving backwards in zone drop. Quick to pick up the TE cutting through his zone. Great job bursting off side when the OT twitches to draw the flag. 

He can get overwhelmed at the point outside. I like him better on the QB's left. Nice job jamming the TE at the line, and then picking up the crosser in coverage. When he beats the OLT to the corner, the QB takes off fast. He is so quick flashing around the blocker and getting to the RB in the backfield on the screen that he needs to be a Patriot. He remind me of Van Noy at BYU. 

He is so fast off the Corner into the backfield that the OLT can't touch him sometimes. Good with his hands, but has to get stronger. When can't win with his speed and/or his hands he looses in the rush. When he gets to the outside shoulder of the OLT, he can beat the best OLTs swiping the OT's arms down and ripping past him.

#7 Grant Delpit- 6-3, 203, LSU, SS/FS- He somehow got underrated during he season. He is a Chung type Strong safety. He is one of the best run stuffers in this Draft, and can cover the TE. And a fierce leader when he is healthy. He got injured this season and played through the injury, just not well. So he could end up being a steal in the Draft for a team late in the 1st. 

He was great early in the season, and then got injured. He stayed and played, and his game went downhill. Then he got healthy again and started making plays again late in the season. How he plays in this game will be huge for him.

Great job doubling the WR down the seam. Great job keeping his eyes on the QB in coverage, and can burst outside when he sees the throw. Great blitzer off the Corner. He has great speed on the blitz.

#22 Kristian Fulton- 6’, 200, CB, LSU- He can get physical in coverage. He had a quiet season this year. But that is what he does. He quietly shuts down the WR on his side. A true elite athlete, who has great instincts in coverage. 

Moves out of the Zone to pick the crosser smoothly and easily. He played some in the Slot. He has some snap in his hips. Twitchy turning and running at the line. Terrific moving his feet at the stem, and then breaking hard with the WR digging back. 

He has safety size and physicality outside at CB. "We're just talking about it a little bit [putting Fulton in at Nickel-Safety]," Orgeron said. "[It is] about putting the best guys on the field in certain situations. That may require a situation where we put Fulton in there and give Cordale [their sensational rookie CB] a chance at cornerback. We're just going to see. That's an experiment." He is not really a true Safety.

He has the speed, quicks, agility and size, and just doesn't give up space for the QB to throw into. Remarkable smarts and instincts in coverage. He likes to grab the inside arm of the WR, so the ref can't see it. Stays and plays on the QB's right, and shuts it down. He can take a false step inside, off the great release by the WR, and catch up quick and still shut it down. 

He is a little too easily blocked in run defense. He locks onto the WR so intensely that the WR can just run into him and take him out of run defense. He stays locked onto the WR so intensely that the WR doesn't even have to block him, just run downfield. 

#90 Rashard Lawrence- 6-2, 308, DT- Great job powering inside to get to the RB on the Dive. Plays hurt. Plays hard. When he sees the hand off he can get to the RB in the backfield. Very-very strong. He plays out of position a lot as a true D-end, and is still disruptive. 

Knows how to use his hands. He plays 5-Tech in odd fronts, and it looks like 3-4 Teams have to look at him early. A 3-4 team could take him in the 1st. He can be explosive inside at DT. He might be the most versatile DL in this Draft, but he will have to play more inside in the NFL.

They will line him up on the Nose, and he has the quicks and agility to get outside and jam the TE and then turn upfield. Amazing job getting outside the OLG, and slashing inside the OLT to hit the QB. Very interesting quicks and explosion off the snap when he doesn't have to two-gap or run around the OLT when lined up inside of him. When he hits the QB he hurts him. 

He wins low, and can take off too low, fall down, and still tackle the RB running to his side. He lines up at 5-Tech mostly, and that is a long way to go for a guy his size. He will line up slightly inside the OLT, and still try to rush the edge. He needs to line up more inside. 

#45 Michael Divinity- 6-2, 241, ILB/Edge- He is a twitchy LB. He plays both inside and outside. He is more of an off the ball LB than Chaisson. But he can flash off the Edge as well. He lines up like a Mike or ILB a lot. He is more of a space player. 

He will get stuck in trash and traffic. He has that knack for finding a lane to the QB, when he blitzes behind other guys. Needs to do a better job setting the Edge, but he can fight through the double outside sometimes to get to the RB.

He is smooth and fast moving backwards in coverage. Flashes out of drop when an RB crosses and picks him up easily. Athletically he looks like a DB in coverage. Keeps his eyes locked on the QB, but is still aware of receivers around him. 

Nice awareness of when the ball is in the air, and he can break on it like a DB. He is the guy that sets up the LBs. He is terrific running through traffic to find the RB. He is an OLB/ILB like the other LSU LBs, but he is more of an ILB than the other two. 

#6 *Jacob Phillips- 6-4, 233, ILB/Edge- He doesn’t always see it in Coverage. He can destroy the RB outside, and force the RB to turn upfield into the line before he want too. He looks a little small sometimes, but is incredibly strong at the point taking on blockers. He will play the Mike, and does a good job sliding through traffic to get outside in front of the RB.

He looks a little light, but he's tough to block on the 2nd level. He can take on the block of the OL and get through to the RB. He still needs some technique work taking on blockers with his hands. Very aware of position in Zone as he watches the QB’s eyes. Terrific hunting the WR down all the way across the field through traffic after the catch. He can cover the fast Slot guy in the slot. Amazing athlete.

He is usually a run first LB. Nice quicks and speed to run around blockers and get outside in front of the RB. He is more of an ILB than an Edge. But he does play outside sometimes, and is pretty good rushing the edge. 

 

 

#9 Joe Borrow- 6-4, 216, QB- He is the best QB prospect I’ve seen since Elway. But that doesn’t mean that he will be the best QB ever. Brady was a 6th Round pick. Tim Couch, David Carr, JaMarcus Russell were all a 1st overall picks. And while no true Draft evaluator liked any of those QBs, ever! I liked all three (though I was just a little nervous about Couch, I now seem to recall;).

But... I mean... Borrow completed 77.9% of his passes playing mostly in the SEC this season, and no one seems to comprehend the greatness of that stat. That is as impossible a stat as I have ever seen. That is a number that is hard to truly comprehend. That is almost an 80% completion percentage, when I have never seen 70% before. 

Most QBs are happy to get a basketball field goal percentage, while Borrow impossibly had a free throw percentage for a completion percentage this season. I mean... I am having trouble comprehending that competition percentage. 

I mean... he is not a dink and dunker either. He throws it deep consistently. He'll stay in the pocket for too long, barely avoid a couple of rushers, and panic out of the pocket. I sit there knowing without a doubt that is going to take off and run. But then he somehow gets into position to throw and puts it on his WR hands 40 or 50 yards downfield. 

I mean,,, did anyone watch that Alabama game. I mean... that is the best game I ever saw a QB have. In regards, to avoiding the rush, while keeping his eyes downfield, and running through rusher and then throwing it accurately downfield. 

Alabama had a great rush all game, and he still completed almost 80% of his passes! AND THAT WASN'T AN ABERRATION! Might be the best I've ever seen. 

He has a terrific arm, not an Elway cannon (but who does;), and no one throws it more accurately than he does, especially on the run. His ability to go smoothly from one side of the field to the other with his eyes and throw to his forth option is at an NFL level. My big worry is that he plays behind a great O-line, and gets a lot more time than he will in the NFL. But his ability to flee the pocket with his eyes down field (always down field, like Brady), and throwing to a WR 30 to 50 yards down field is also elite.

Elite footwork in the pocket, and always seems to be in balance. He moves around and inside the pocket with Brady like technique: on his toes, ball high, ready to throw, with his body in position and balanced to throw as well, and eyes downfield. Great patience and footwork in the pocket leave him always ready to throw accurately.

Great job throwing accurately to the RB, as the blitzer is diving at him to wipe him out. Easy arm to go forty to fifty yards downfield. It is amazing how he can make more than one rusher miss in the pocket, and then get outside and throw 40-yards downfield accurately enough for the WR to run for a 74-yard catch. Great accuracy in the Redzone. Great job throwing quick slants inside the Redzone so his WR can run.

#77 *Saahdiq Charles- 6-4, 295, OLT- When he get his hands in the shirt of the great rusher, he just calmly dances with him like it is nothing. Great size and strength. He is tough to break, once he gets his hands in a blockers shirt. He is a little clunky moving backwards, which worries me. But he wins. He has that knack for position moving backwards that cannot be taught.

#2 *Justin Jefferson- 6-2, 185, WR- Great hands to catch the ball at every angle. He has that knack for getting open on the 3rd level. He has that knack for getting open in the Redzone. 

He might be my secret favorite WR in this Draft (because the Pats might have a shot at him, though Jalen Reagor, Devin Duvernay, and Collin Johnson, are more likely fits for the Pats after they trade down into the 2nd). I like the way he moves on the field and gets open in pattern.

#79 *Lloyd Cushenberry III- 6-4, 315, OC- He always plays low and balanced. Great leading the QB sneak for the 1st. TMIWHTMILH. Great leverage, power and balance in pass pro. They run behind him a lot. He might be the first OC taken in this Draft. 

He is a plug and plays OC, who will play in the Pro Bowl someday. Stays and plays low with excellent leverage. He will get a little grabby with his hands. Understands position and controls the turf right in front of the QB. 

#68 Damien Lewis- 6-3, 332, ORG- Nice low set. He has some great knee bend. Absorbs initial hit with power, and slows and stops DT inside rush with calm and balance. Good hands he uses to push the DT up. Runs down field to continue blocking the DL, after the throws short. 

When they don’t rush his lane, he can turn and smart the great DT to the ground. He will play in the NFL. Terrific power in the run, to drive back the DT five yards. He is a Day Three guy who will get drafted and play in the NFL. 

SENIOR SEASON (2019): Along with center Lloyd Cushenberry, is the heart and soul of LSU offense ... Has started alongside Cushenberry at right guard for 26 straight games ... Tigers are 23-3 over that span ... First Team All-America in 2019 from the Athletic and second team All-SEC from both the SEC Coaches and AP.

 

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Democrats can prevent a sham trial in the Senate if they hang tough. 

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had a plan to quickly dispose of the articles of impeachment just approved by the House: He would hold a two-week sham trial without any witnesses, and then the Senate Republican majority would acquit President Trump, despite the overwhelming weight of evidence showing that he is guilty as charged of abusing his power and obstructing Congress.

But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), acting on an idea suggested by Harvard Law Professor Laurence H. Tribe in a Post op-ed, has thrown a spanner into the works by refusing to appoint impeachment managers until there is some guarantee of a fair trial in the Senate. On Thursday, House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) suggested that Democrats were willing to wait “as long as it takes” before sending over the articles of impeachment. “It looks like the prosecutors are getting cold feet,” McConnell shot back on Thursday. To the contrary, the prosecutors are getting smart: They realize there is no need to play a rigged game.

McConnell’s pose as the defender of Senate traditions and the Constitution against the “partisan passions” of the House is a conceit that only Fox News could take seriously. This is the same Senate leader, after all, who refused, contrary to all precedents, to take up the nomination of Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland in 2016. And, more to the point, this is the same Senate leader who said that he could not be an “impartial juror,” that he would coordinate the Senate trial with the White House and that he would not call any witnesses. Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) has also said he would not be an impartial juror — in violation of the oath that all senators must swear at an impeachment trial “to do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws.”

The current Republican rush to acquit is a long way removed from the last time the Senate held an impeachment trial. That was in 1999, and Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott and Minority Leader Tom Daschle agreed on rules for a five-week Senate trial that were unanimously approved by the Senate. In the middle of the proceedings, a majority voted to depose three witnesses: Monica Lewinsky, Vernon Jordan Jr. and Sidney Blumenthal. Clips of their depositions were then played before the Senate. The testimony did not add much to the case against Clinton, but at least it occurred.

The testimony of acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, Mulvaney senior adviser Robert Blair, former national security adviser John Bolton and top Office of Management and Budget official Michael Duffey — the four witnesses whom Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) wants to subpoena — could potentially prove far more consequential, because Trump had blocked his senior aides from testifying during the House proceedings. It seems doubtful that any of them would exonerate Trump. Otherwise, why stop them from telling what they know?

McConnell’s position is thoroughly incoherent. On Thursday, he denounced the House proceedings as “the most rushed, least thorough and most unfair impeachment inquiry in modern history.” But rather than hold a thorough and fair trial with witness testimony — as demanded by 70 percent of Americans in a Post-ABC News poll — he wants a proceeding that Clyburn accurately describes as a “kangaroo court.”

McConnell professes to be unworried about Pelosi’s delay in sending over the articles of impeachment. “Frankly, I’m not anxious to have the trial,” he told reporters. “If she thinks her case is so weak she doesn’t want to send it over, throw me into that briar patch.” McConnell may not be worried about holding a trial, but there is good cause to think that the president is. Although Trump occasionally feigns insouciance about impeachment, his anxiety is evident from the deranged, six-page letter he sent to Pelosi on Tuesday, from his record-setting tweeting and from his unhinged performance at a Wednesday night rally in which he suggested that the late congressman John Dingell is in hell because he is so furious that Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), who occupies her late husband’s seat, voted in favor of impeachment.

Trump would dearly love to be acquitted by the Senate, and he will not be happy if McConnell denies him what he desires. Maggie Haberman of the New York Times tweets: “POTUS lawyers are looking at various options for proceeding if House doesn’t send articles of impeachment to the Senate. POTUS doesn’t want it to be left hanging that he was impeached and nothing was done by Republicans to defend him in the Senate.”

This suggests that Democrats have a strong hand to play if they don’t fold prematurely. They can force a fair trial with witness testimony. Trump may be so delusional as to imagine that the proceedings will show that his phone call was “perfect” and that he is the victim of a deep state conspiracy. But McConnell and other Senate Republicans know better, which is why they are so reluctant to fully air the evidence in a way that could engage the attention of the American public.

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