First, it must be said that holding the hearing was clearly a helpful endeavor. Carping about what it shoulda/coulda been or complaining about what the euphemedia did can be set aside for the moment.
The prospect of impeachment was raised to a new level of legitimacy
..simply by being taken up, discussed, and broadcast on c-span. And many otherwise-dismissive insiders -- including the committee members themselves -- were, in essence, forced to sit and listen to reason for the first time.