Welcome to impeachment anarchy.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are roaming freely between the lines of the Constitution, which spells out very little about the technicalities of the impeachment process. So both leaders, two of the savviest and most ruthless tacticians of the era, are working to exploit this unmapped wilderness to their advantage.

Lawmakers of both parties confess that there’s no rule barring Pelosi from delaying a trial by slow-walking articles of impeachment to the Senate, which she has pledged to do until McConnell vows to hold a fair trial based on facts and evidence. There’s also no recourse to stop a Senate leader who openly promises to coordinate trial strategy with the president, the defendant in the case.

In other words, the leaders are largely making it up as they go along, and the nation is watching the raw exercise of power without guardrails, waiting for a victor or a compromise to emerge.