There is no question that Trump is now emboldened to abuse his power again, and that means the House of Representatives will need to exercise its oversight powers aggressively to curb potential abuses.
Trump has prospered by knowing no shame. But there is no question that he feels the sting of this case.
Refusal by Republican senators to impartially carry out their duties in the impeachment trial will damage American democracy and further erode the trust foreign governments have in Washington.
The ditching of Kurdish-led forces threatens to destabilize the region further. It is just the latest proof of the dangers of this president’s foreign dealings.
In the wake of the election, it was possible – indeed necessary – to consider the rational Trump voter: disaffected, disenfranchised, frustrated, looking for a change from politics as usual.
Like any attention-challenged high schooler, he still couldn't resist playing hooky and pounding out early morning tweets that read like adolescent cries for help. But you could always tell when he had absorbed some new (to him) fact by the enthusiasm with which he shared it.
The only certainty for now is that this was a terrible day for Trump.
This failure is just a new illustration of the deep divisions that have for years been splitting the Republican Party.