After weeks of failed efforts to bridge deep divides, the president pulled the plug, turning to a bipartisan group to try to salvage a chance at compromise.
The party belongs to Trump for as long as he wants it.
The Republicans who broke with their party to find Donald J. Trump guilty were an eclectic group, bound by their shared lack of concern about retribution from the former president or his followers.
The vote was the most bipartisan for a presidential impeachment conviction in United States history.
Whether or not Mr. Trump is convicted, the extremism that flourished under his administration is embedded in our politics.
The Louisiana senator, usually a reliable conservative vote, angered Republicans by voting to continue with the impeachment trial. But he has increasingly shown an inclination toward pragmatism.
The result largely mirrored the tally last month, when the Senate voted to kill an attempt to dismiss the trial as unconstitutional.
The Senate can take a page from the market economies around the world that managed to fight the pandemic and safely restore normalcy.