Obama, Warren and Sanders drain the Trump swamp
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While Democrats are glowing in the light of a growing convergence and unity, Republicans are tormented by the fact that they have to condemn their presumptive nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test MORE while they vow to make him president and commander in chief.


Happy days are here again for Democrats! In truth, I speak for many Democrats in saying my biggest worry about the election is that Trump could implode so fast that the GOP might nominate a different candidate who is qualified to be president, and not denounced all day for comments many consider racist.

This week was a turning point in the campaign as liberal and moderate Democrats began to unify around Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump touts economic agenda in battleground Ohio The Memo: Campaigns gird for rush of early voting Trump's pitch to Maine lobstermen falls flat MORE as the nominee, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden VP race is highly fluid days before expected pick Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Senate Democrats push to include free phone calls for incarcerated people in next relief package MORE (D-Mass.) entered the campaign with fists flying and punches landing against Trump, while Trump is ending the week reduced to repeating his juvenile and offensive insults of Warren as "Pocahontas."

In the hours after my column, "Elizabeth Warren's mission," ran in The Hill, first President Obama entered the presidential battle in full force with a glowing endorsement of Clinton, and then Warren followed her rousing attack on Trump at Constitutional Hall with a high-powered endorsement of Clinton on "The Rachel Maddow Show."

While Democrats marched into battle with confidence and enthusiasm, Republican leaders were being further dragged into the Trump swamp in ways that now gravely threaten GOP control of the Senate and might well threaten GOP control of the House.

The swamp that Trump has created for Republicans is under relentless attack from prominent anti-Trump conservative and Republican opinion writers such as Michael Gerson and George Will of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times.

If you watch the video of Trump announcing his upcoming speech next week with his latest insults of Hillary and former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonGiuliani says Black Lives Matter is 'domestic terrorist' group We have the resources to get through this crisis, only stupidity is holding us back Biden needs to bring religious Americans into the Democratic fold MORE — on whom he spent 20 years showering high praise between 1992 and 2012 — you might notice the facial expressions of daughter Ivanka and wife Melania Trump, who did not appear enthusiastic about the strategy.

The Republican leaders of the House and Senate are now forced to explain, literally every hour of every day, why they continue to support Trump while they continue to denounce him. House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanBudowsky: Why I back Kennedy, praise Markey Democratic super PAC quotes Reagan in anti-Trump ad set to air on Fox News: 'Are you better off?' Trump lashes out at Reagan Foundation after fundraising request MORE (R-Wis.) in particular looks increasingly ridiculous when he condemns Trump's comments as the "textbook definition of racist" while trying to explain why he says Trump should be president and why the conservative agenda should fare well during a Trump presidency.

With Republican Senate candidates facing intense election pressures in perhaps 10 states they could easily lose, those candidates are forced to defend or condemn Trump every day, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellCoronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks Overnight Health Care: Ohio governor tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of Trump's visit | US shows signs of coronavirus peak, but difficult days lie ahead | Trump: COVID-19 vaccine may be ready 'right around' Election Day MORE (R-Ky.) appears uncomfortable and unpersuasive as he tries to justify his support for Trump — while the word on the street is that McConnell is privately telling Republican candidates they can ditch Trump if they need to.

The convergence and unity of Democrats is a Godsend to ascendant liberals. As Warren brilliantly and successfully pounds away against Trump, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money: Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire | Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks | Tax preparers warn unemployment recipients could owe IRS Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure Sanders offers bill to tax billionaires' wealth gains during pandemic MORE (Vt.) is about to shift his role from a sometime-critic of Clinton to a table-pounding supporter of hers and a champion of electing more liberal Democrats to the Senate and House.

Obama, Warren, Sanders and the Clintons are converging and consolidating their assault against Trump, while McConnell and Ryan are beginning to look like Confederate generals near the end of Civil War when they knew the war was lost.

Donald Trump is leading the Republicans to their demise the way Confederate Maj. Gen. George Pickett led his disastrous charge at the Battle of Gettysburg, and Republicans must consider whether they should go down in flames with Trump or head for the hills, abandon the presidential campaign and hope to survive to fight another day against the reelection campaign of Hillary Clinton in 2020.

Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Texas) and former Chief Deputy Majority Whip Bill Alexander (D-Ark.). He holds an LL.M. degree in international financial law from the London School of Economics. Contact him at brentbbi@webtv.net.