For the first time since the Democratic primary debates began, the stage will see just two candidates: Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.
The strength of Biden’s recovery is unprecedented even in a political system where changes come fast and furious.
Sanders may not be the choice of the majority of mainstream democrats, but he could emerge as the one who survives in a crowded field.
None of the candidates appeared eager to play the role of intra-party aggressor, preferring instead to use their national television time to tout their own readiness for office and make the case for why they are best suited to defeat Trump.
Hearings paint a vivid portrait of an American president willing to leverage his powerful office to push a foreign government for personal political help.
The biggest known unknown for both parties may be how the ongoing impeachment proceedings will be viewed by Americans one year from now.