If the polls are accurate and if the people who make a living predicting political outcomes are correct, national Democrats will awake on the morning on Nov. 3 and gaze at a pile of smoking rubble that was once their party.
They will have lost control of the House of Representatives and their margin in the Senate will have been shaved to as few as two seats.
As news accounts repeatedly depicted Democrats as bracing for the worst mid term result in many years, party strategists suggested its Congressional candidates position themselves as outsiders who understand that government hasn't adequately addressed the ills — particularly the economic ones — which afflict the country.
They didn't overtly recommend that candidates run against their own party and President, but the clear message was to avoid fully running too closely with them, either.
The strategy has shifted, however, as insurgents, once given little chance of success, achieved a string of stunning victories, defeating establishment-backed candidates in Republican primary contests.