In its present form, a problem-ridden resistance strategy. As noted on various websites:
There is a difference between a dissident faction within a majority party and a dissident faction of a minority party. The authors fail to address this.
By itself, mass demonstration will do little to change minds or stop right wing legislation enacted by elected officials. To carry weight, such actions will have to connect to politics as politics - a movement to elect Democrats with progressive ideas.
In its present form, the Democratic Party lacks progressive ideas, since, for many years, its approach has been to move right in pursuit of non-existing ‘centrist’ or ‘swing’ voters. In the recent election, this approach failed. As Sanders often observed, the best way to combat fake populism is with real populism…exactly what the right liberal Democratic machine cannot and will not do…
As a result, to return to my repeated theme - the ‘mass uprising’ approach - ‘let’s make being against Trump what we can all agree on!’ - will fail because it does not include a principled rejection of the right liberal Democratic politics that enabled Trump to win.
The most the original NYT editorial had to say about Democrats is that the ‘mass uprising’ approach “can make nearly any member of Congress think a lot harder about his re-election chances. It can ensure that the 10 Senate Democrats up next year in Trump-won states recognize that their best hope for survival lies in bold action to defend democracy rather than cutting deals…”
The Schumer’s and Pelosi’s will “recognize” this? Not good enough by a long shot. The right liberal establishment will never willingly relinquish power within the Democratic machine, or its center right politics. They will never ‘get it.’ Only a progressive movement of outright withdrawal and demand for power-sharing has a chance to make a party that can elect Democrats - and, thus, build the political power to combat the right.
Mass uprising? Without a progressive movement to change the right liberal Democratic Party, this is a weak idea.
Rather, turn to item #1 on Michael Moore’s “Morning-After To-Do List” - “Take over the Democratic Party and return it to the people. They have failed us miserably.”