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The second impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump survived its procedural test yesterday, with six Republicans joining all 50 Senate Democrats in voting that the U.S. Constitution allows Congress to proceed against a president already out of office.

Irrespective of one's political leanings, it can be said that Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland was compelling Tuesday. In the wake of personal tragedy, the Montgomery County congressman was scholarly and passionate in equal measure. He was a statesman.

The trial resumes today, although the hurdle gets higher for Democrats, who would need 11 additional Republicans to see the case their way for conviction. That seems highly improbable, if not impossible. But a 43-year-old quarterback just won his seventh Super Bowl, so who can say with absolute certainty?

Carl M. Cannon is the Washington bureau chief for RealClearPolitics. Reach him on Twitter @CarlCannon.

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