Progressives had clamored for it for many months. Republicans called it a proxy attack on middle Americans. The House speaker didn’t want to do it but ultimately said the Constitution demanded it. A red-faced President Donald Trump, fuming and mocking his accusers, said it was an unfair personal affront that nonetheless would ultimately help him politically.
It seemed like a long time coming, and it finally happened this week: Donald J. Trump became the third president in American history to be impeached. The vote Wednesday night was its own historic resolution, a fact that will define Trump’s presidency and legacy even if he indeed wins reelection next year. And it was a goal of critics who wanted the president held accountable for actions they say violate his oath of office.
But the path forward is murky at best and does not look headed toward any kind of resolution for Congress or the country.