"Given that the Constitution permits the Senate to impose the penalty of permanent disqualification only on former officeholders, it defies logic to suggest that the Senate is prohibited from trying and convicting former officeholders,"
The argument that it's unconstitutional isn't intended to persuade everybody, and not even the majority of Trump supporters who will adopt any argument at all that defends Trump, no matter how flimsy. It's intended to persuade those people who don't seriously pay attention to politics until weeks before an election. People for whom life is generally pretty good regardless of what party is in power. The centrists. They only read as far as it takes to get a general idea of what the two sides are saying. Deeper analysis is wasted on them. To our detriment. So when the Senate fails to convict they will go about their merry, oblivious way believing that there just wasn't a solid constitutional foundation for conviction without another thought about it. And it won't negatively effect their future voting decisions with respect to the side that won in any significant way.
#3 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine
You just made that up. Way to go.