The impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump's 'wrongdoings' has, despite concerns to the contrary, ignited an enthusiasm in the general public that is difficult to comprehend, with many people admitting they were "mildly interested".
President Trump has been impeached on two charges:
Firstly, he's accused of seeking help from Ukraine's government in order to himself get re-elected this November. It's alleged he held back millions of dollars of military aid to the country. In exchange, it's claimed he wanted Ukraine to announce that they were going to make an investigation into Joe Biden, the Democrat who will challenge Trump in the election. Polls suggest Mr Biden would beat Trump if he were chosen as the Democratic candidate.
Secondly, Mr Trump was accused by the Democrats of obstructing Congress, after the White House refused to allow its staff to testify at the first impeachment hearings, last year.
Are you still awake?
The public, who have to endure endless hours devoted to the subject on hundreds of news stations, as well as on the internet and every newspaper, might, understandably, have become rather bored by it all. But several people who responded to a survey in New York said otherwise. One said:
"I'm really interested. I think it's great. I like watching paint dry."
Another man at a soup kitchen, said:
"I'll say I'm interested if I can get some more soup."
A lady selling flowers in Manhattan, said:
"The whole impeachy thing is so exciting, an almost-magical experience. By the way, I believe in unicorns."
But one man could not lie. He said:
"Every time I turn the TV on, or pick up my phone, or look at the internet, or buy a newspaper, all I can see is shit about Trump and his impeachment. Even people on the subway just won't stop jibber-jabbering about it. It's tedious in the extreme. I wish it would all go away, and Trump with it."
Neither it nor he will.