Brent Budowsky: War on women is winning

Brent Budowsky: War on women is winning
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A warning to the women of America: If Republicans win control of the House and Senate in the midterm elections this fall, it will be a powerful victory for the war on women, with consequences that will be severe and long-term. A large majority of women know this. The question is, will they will vote in November?

Democrats should issue a clarion call for women to vote through an extraordinary and urgent campaign initiative bringing together three women of great credibility and appeal for the cause: first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama to present Lin-Manuel Miranda with the Portrait of a Nation Prize Michelle Obama thanks her high school for naming new athletic complex after her US ambassador to Germany calls out journalists who blocked him on Twitter MORE, former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonLewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' Fighter pilot vs. astronaut match-up in Arizona could determine control of Senate Progressive Democrats' turnout plans simply don't add up MORE and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenPossible GOP challenger says Trump doesn't doesn't deserve reelection, but would vote for him over Democrat Joe Biden faces an uncertain path The Memo: Trump pushes back amid signs of economic slowdown MORE (D-Mass.).


Bringing together Obama, Clinton and Warren for joint campaign events, TV appearances or a mass distributed video would create an electrifying moment that dramatizes to female voters the enormous damage to their vital interests of a GOP victory in the midterms.

Pundits are now scheduling the funeral dirge for the Democratic Senate. Not so fast.

According to the latest polling highlighted on Real Clear Politics, the favorability of Congress, with one house controlled by Republicans, is under 14 percent. How predictable is an election, when the popularity of Congress is hardly higher than that of ISIS terrorists; when the brand of Democrats, who are predicted to lose, is more popular than the brand of Republicans, who are predicted to win; when the most popular candidate for president in 2016 is Hillary Clinton, a Democrat, and the most popular living former president is Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonThe magic of majority rule in elections The return of Ken Starr Assault weapons ban picks up steam in Congress MORE, who is barnstorming for Democratic candidates?

There are strange and contradictory undercurrents in a restive electorate that make for an unpredictable election. Who predicted that former House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorEmbattled Juul seeks allies in Washington GOP faces tough battle to become 'party of health care' 737 crisis tests Boeing's clout in Washington MORE (R-Va.) would be defeated in a primary, resign as leader and be gone from Congress within a matter of weeks?

It is panic time for Democrats. Good. It should be. Democrats could squeak through and retain control of the Senate or lose 9 Senate seats in an electoral debacle. The difference between the former and the latter is whether enough Democratic voters care enough to vote. If they do, Democrats with the more popular brand will defeat Republicans with the less popular brand. If they do not, Election Day will be Armageddon for Democrats. 

The polls look dark for Democrats. The war on women is winning. But could the GOP peak too soon? Could predictions of a Republican wave scare the daylights out of Democrats and motivate them to vote? Yes. It could happen with black, Hispanic, young and especially women voters. 

Shouldn’t women be paid equally with men? Women say: Of course. Democrats say: You bet. Republicans say: No way.

When job discrimination against women was considered by the Supreme Court, it was five conservative Republican men on the court, appointed by Republican presidents, who plunged the legal dagger into the heart of women seeking redress against discrimination.

In a GOP-controlled Senate, the obstruction against judicial confirmations spearheaded by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellAre Democrats turning Trump-like? House Democrat calls for gun control: Cities can ban plastic straws but 'we can't ban assault weapons?' Churches are arming and training congregants in response to mass shootings: report MORE (Ky.) would be magnified tenfold. By contrast, if Democrats Alison Lundergan Grimes (Ky.) and Michelle Nunn (Ga.) and Democratic Sens. Kay HaganKay Ruthven HaganTillis trails Democratic challenger by 7 points in North Carolina poll North Carolina businessman will challenge Tillis in GOP primary Embattled senators fill coffers ahead of 2020 MORE (N.C.), Mary LandrieuMary Loretta LandrieuCongress needs to work to combat the poverty, abuse and neglect issues that children face Dems wrestle over how to vote on ‘Green New Deal’ Lobbying world MORE (La.), Mark BegichMark Peter BegichAlaska political mess has legislators divided over meeting place Former GOP chairman Royce joins lobbying shop Lobbying world MORE (Alaska), Mark UdallMark Emery UdallThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy Colorado candidates vying to take on Gardner warn Hickenlooper they won't back down Democrats hope some presidential candidates drop out — and run for Senate  MORE (Colo.) and Mark PryorMark Lunsford PryorMedicaid rollback looms for GOP senators in 2020 Cotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm MORE (Arkansas) win, women and workers will have champions of minimum wage and pay equity.

Who is hurt if Republicans win? Women who use contraceptives. Poor women who are hungry. Senior women who benefit from Social Security and Medicare. Women served by Medicaid. Jobless women who need unemployment benefits. Working women seeking fair pay and benefits. Single moms. Sons and daughters crushed by student debt.

Democrats should bring in their heaviest hitters to organize a massive, urgent and extraordinary appeal to women voters and mobilize them to vote in large numbers against a GOP victory in the midterm elections. If Democrats act boldly and decisively, their turnout among women will surge, and many Democrats in Congress — and the interests of women — will be saved.

Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen and Bill Alexander, then chief deputy majority whip of the House. He holds an LL.M. degree in international financial law from the London School of Economics. He can be read on The Hill’s Contributors Blog and reached at