You can get so tangled up in a campaign—or, as I’ve learned, in impeachment hearings, even ones with all the democratic unpredictability of North Korean elections—that really amazing stories can get by you without your noticing them. Like this one in The New York Times, a story I like to call, Chicken Run: The Chickening.

The senators were concerned that it would look bad for Mr. Trump to dismiss Mr. Sondland and argued that it was unnecessary, since the ambassador was already talking with senior officials about leaving after the Senate trial, the people said. The senators told White House officials that Mr. Sondland should be allowed to depart on his own terms, which would have reduced any political backlash.

Read the rest of Charlie Pierce’s piece at Esquire.