Budowsky: Code red alert to Democrats

Former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Trump sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi killing | Insurgents seek female challenger to Pelosi for Speakership | Broward County finishes machine recount Michelle Obama wears natural curls on new cover of Essence The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by T-Mobile — House, Senate leaders named as Pelosi lobbies for support to be Speaker MORE, one of the most popular and respected public figures in America, should spend a day taping personal endorsements for Democratic candidates for the House and Senate in the most important midterm elections in American history.

This column is a code red alert to Democrats and a call to arms for the most popular and respected Democrats in America, such as Michelle Obama, to lead the charge for all hands on deck at a critical moment for America and democracy.

In my view there is a 25 percent chance that Democrats end the midterms with a nightmare scenario. This is not a moment for complacency or easy talk of blue waves. It is a moment for bold and maximum action and turnout based on a powerful and urgent sense of opportunity and danger.

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Democrats are now the underdog party for winning control of the Senate. It is possible the Democrats prevail on Election Day in Senate races. It is also possible they lose two or three seats.

Democrats are now favored to win control of the House of Representatives. It is even possible Democrats win the House by a significant number of seats. However, it is also possible that the Democrats gain only 20 seats, falling short of winning control. That would leave House Republicans dominant with a smaller but even more right-wing majority as the leading losers in the House midterms are comparatively moderate GOP House members.

There is a 25 percent chance of a nightmare scenario for Democrats on Election Day that should sear bone-chilling alarm into the soul of every Democratic leader, donor, worker, registered voter and former president and presidential nominee.

Democrats could lose one or two Senate seats, continuing a Republican Senate that is even further to the right and even more partisan than the GOP majority today.   

The Supreme Court begins its current session with a solid 5-4 conservative majority that is much further to the right, and far more prone to party-line votes of Republican justices, than any Supreme Court in generations.

If this nightmare scenario for Democrats and America unfolds on Election Day, a vindictive and triumphant Trump — having won a victory for the politics of hatred, fear and national division — will stand alongside Republican leaders of the new Republican Congress feeling he has achieved an unstoppable dominance over his party, our country and every branch of government with all checks and balances destroyed.

If this nightmare scenario for democracy unfolds on Election Day, Trump will almost immediately fire Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsMulvaney positioning himself to be Commerce Secretary: report Graham: Trump’s new AG has ‘concerns’ about criminal justice bill Kentucky shooting suspect charged with federal hate crimes MORE and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinTop Dems: DOJ position on Whitaker appointment 'fatally flawed' Judge upholds Mueller indictment against Russian troll farm Over 1,600 lawyers sign letter saying Mueller probe must be protected MORE, and launch an all-out effort to destroy the investigation of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE which will be met with champagne celebrations by Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and his henchmen in Moscow who will feel triumphant about their attacks against Western democracy.

This code red alert warns about the danger of so much unchecked power concentrated in the hands of a president who tried to criminalize his opponent in the last election, demonize the free press as the enemy of the people, and characterize women who opposed his Supreme Court nominee as “evil.”

While I emphasize my view that the probability the nightmare scenario does not occur is 75 percent, and that the Kavanaugh controversy improves Democratic prospects in the House more than it improves Republican prospects in the Senate, the dangers are sufficiently real and the result would be so catastrophic that a code red alert is called for. 

Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Defense — Presented by Raytheon — Border deployment 'peaked' at 5,800 troops | Trump sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi killing | Senators offer bill to press Trump on Saudis | Paul effort to block Bahrain arms sale fails Senators introduce bill to respond to Khashoggi killing Senate GOP discussing Mueller vote MORE (R-Maine) and Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeMcCain would have said ‘enough’ to acrimony in midterms, says Cindy McCain Senate GOP discussing Mueller vote Trump rightly fears the Fed will smother the economy MORE (R-Ariz.) will not protect the nation from this danger but Michelle Obama, and other great Americans like her, can and should go the distance and lead the charge for all hands on deck at a critical and dangerous moment for America and democracy.

Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Texas) and former Rep. Bill Alexander (D-Ark.), who was chief deputy majority whip of the House of Representatives. He holds an LLM in international financial law from the London School of Economics.