A basic rule of political campaigns is that the candidate who is the subject of the campaign will usually lose. One always wants the focus of the campaign to be on the “other guy,” to make him or her the issue in the campaign. The Trump trial guarantees that Trump will be the sole focus of the campaign.
Because of this trial, normal political dynamics will cease. There will be little or no debating regular issues such as aid to Ukraine, tariffs on China, or the normal domestic topics of taxes, social spending, budgets, crime and border security. This is terrible for the country and for those congressional candidates who win in 2024, because they will be asked to govern without clear direction from the people.