" Simply not going to happen with democrats afraid to take a stand. ... "
Democrats aren't afraid to take a stand. In spite of what we all see as concrete grounds for impeachment, the Muller Report did not give us the smoking gun that even the Republican Senate couldn't ignore.
I know how it looks. You don't see all the sound and fury you want. "Full speed ahead and damn the torpedoes" so to speak. However, jumping headlong into an impeachment battle right now is a recipe for failure. Trump is a slipery weasel. It's not just the Republican Senate that has to be convinced ~ it's also the voting public who has to see the full depth and breadth of Trump's self-serving criminal activity as seen through the eyes of the witnesses themselves. Otherwise, all they'll get is the bumper sticker cliches' served up by Trump's enabler. People are gullible. Some of the horrible things Trump has done (redacted) won't ever reach their ears without the kleig light of disclosure vis-a-vie House investigations in full televised view of the 'court of public opinion.'
Be patient. Just because the Democrats aren't calling their investigations "impeachment hearings," doesn't mean they aren't. In fact, this whole 2-year roller coaster ride has had only one purpose. IMPEACHMENT! But it isn't going to happen by going off half-cocked with insufficient ammunition.
As I said before, Democrats only have one chance. A swing and a miss isn't an option.