Who knows what will happen to Kavanaugh after the disaster of Thursday’s hearing with Christine Blasey Ford. While there is still time for another Supreme Court nominee before the midterm elections, much less the end of this Congress, we could end up in Merrick Garland territory if the Democrats win back the Senate and keep the seat open for the remainder of Trump’s term. If so, Avenatti could claim plausibly — if a bit hyperbolically — to be the Democrat to have saved Roe v. Wade.

Avenatti can also argue that he is able to fight Trump on his own terms — and win. That’s what Democrats have been looking for since 2016. Avenatti knows how to grab headlines. He is skillful in his use of Twitter. And he isn’t afraid.