The stage is now set for the U.S. Senate to divert attention away from stalled efforts to provide Americans with additional pandemic relief. An article of impeachment against former president Donald Trump that was approved by the democratically controlled house has been formally presented to the senate for consideration. A trial is set to begin on an allegation that the former president incited an insurrection at the U.S. capital building on January 6th, during the week of February 8th. Most observers believe there is little chance that the senate will vote to impeach the former president since even if all democratic senators vote yes, the votes of 17 republicans would be needed. Arguments about the constitutionality of impeaching a former president aside, the impeachment trial will give Trump’s many opponents, both democrats and republicans, an opportunity to blast Trump for his challenge of the 2,020 presidential election results and for hosting a rally on the day the capital building was attacked. New president Joe Biden has called repeatedly for a new spirit of unity and for an end to divisiveness in America, but has not done anything to try to stop the impeachment process which is sure to anger many of the 75 million people who voted for trump.. Nor is he likely to do so. That’s the way I see it.