During a CNN town hall last week, flagging presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke unwittingly illustrated the inextricability of these issues. Demanding that impeachment proceedings be initiated, O'Rourke proclaimed that taking this dramatic step is necessary so that Americans can finally find out "what happened to this great democracy in 2016" — a question made all the more grave because, he said, Trump allegedly "invited the involvement of a foreign power in this democracy." Beyond the bizarreness of suggesting that these matters remain unresolved (wasn't it the core investigative task of Robert Mueller to elucidate "what happened" in 2016?), O'Rourke's comments show the fallacy behind any suggestion that "collusion" and "obstruction" could be treated as distinct notions in the context of an intense, emotionally-charged impeachment proceeding. Expecting ordinary Americans, who ultimately would constitute the audience for these televised blockbuster hearings, to dispassionately untangle the interlocking issues at hand — especially when national politicians are actively conflating them — is complete fantasy.