Today's edition of The Wall Street Journal has a column by Roger Altman that raises the question explicitly. Altman, who has apparently worked on nine different Democratic presidential campaigns, thinks that the Democrats are expecting the Trump Administration to "self-destruct," and he says that this is "delusional." I think he's right.
Today we are millions of supporters strong, fighting for progress and helping elect Democrats across the country to state government, Congress, and the White House.
There are several core beliefs that tie our party together: Democrats believe that we're greater together than we are on our own—that this country succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules. Our party is focused on building an economy that lifts up all Americans, not just those at the top.
That's why Democrats are working to make progress on issues like job creation, equal pay, education, health care, and clean energy.
What this apparently means to the people who are calling for unity is getting behind the corporate, suit and tie, lobbyist-driven agenda of the establishment. But let me break it to you – the establishment has almost no grassroots momentum. Virtually every progressive grassroots movement in America right now is fueled by people outside of the Democratic Party establishment and this is a huge reason why the party is so outrageously unpopular.
Comments by Nancy Pelosi, which follow, seem to confirm King's observations. The block quote below is from a column by Thomas Frank, printed in The Guardian. Frank's latest book is called Listen, Liberal: or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?
"I don’t think people want a new direction,” House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said in December. Now is not the moment for infighting, others have insisted, but for unity and togetherness. Unity behind the existing leadership, that is. Changing the personnel in the C-Suites will only weaken us, they will say; hell, we can’t even afford to see our leaders criticized.
So, how much life is left in the Democratic Party?
I think the answer to that question will come from ordinary, working family Democrats, and not from those associated with the upper echelons of corporate America. The Democratic Party is either going to be the "Party of the People," or it isn't going to be around for very much longer. Paying attention to the need for the "precise strategy" that Altman calls for is a requirement, too!