But I am not sold on top-down leadership.
Democrats seem to be opting for that, or at least Jeet Heer, senior editor at the New Republic, is.
From Jeet Heer:
Democrats Need To Pick a Leader. Now.
The fragmented party needs a public face of unified opposition to Trump. Elizabeth Warren is the clear choice.
As president-elect, Donald Trump has quickly proven to be every bit the nightmare his opponents feared. He’s continuing to tweet absurd lies (such as his claim that he won the popular vote), and now he’s tapping extremists for high positions, like white nationalist Stephen Bannon, conspiracy-minded General Michael Flynn, and civil-rights antagonist Senator Jeff Sessions. What makes the lurch to the hard right all the more galling for Democrats is the fact that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by more than 2.5 million votes (roughly 2 percent). That means Trump—with Republicans controlling both houses of Congress—will be able to inflict a radical agenda on the country with minority support. (Just how little support is reflected in Trump’s favorability rating of 42 percent, a whopping 16 points lower than the norm for president-elects at this point.)
The time is ripe for a concerted, coherent opposition to Trump even before he’s inaugurated. Unfortunately, the Democratic Party is facing this national crisis leaderless. The hunger among liberals for an oppositional stance is strong—you can see it, among other things, in the grassroots protest of Trump’s elevation of Bannon to the position of chief counsel (which has resulted in a flood of phone calls and letters to members of Congress), as well as the success of Green Party Leader Jill Stein in raising money for her efforts to recount the vote in three key states.He went on to recommend Elizabeth Warren:
Warren is perfectly suited to be leader of the opposition to Trump. I’m not the first to suggest this. On the most recent episode of their podcast Keepin’ It 1600, former Obama advisors Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer bantered and worried over the Democrats’ leadership vacuum. Favreau lamented that “because Hillary is running around in the woods all day” and “Barack Obama has to play nice with Donald Trump,” Democrats were left with just Schumer and Pelosi. “Are those the only voices out there?” he asked. “I don’t know what to do here.” Pfeiffer responded: “This is a real challenge. I think Elizabeth Warren is going to have to be a very important voice. What you need is someone who has either the national stature or the leadership position to get press coverage, and you need somebody who can deliver a compelling message and is a compelling messenger.”Now compare and contrast to the inauguration of President Obama eight years ago. Republicans were willing to give him a chance, allowing his Cabinet selections to go through, but they stood tall against the stimulus. They picked their fights.
But organized opposition -- the kind Mister Heer advocates -- came not from any back-bencher senator but from the people themselves. The Tea Party made clear that Obamacare was poison to any Republican, and no Republican voted for it out of the 190 Republicans congressmen and senators.
That is impressive.
The reward for Republicans was a historic election which saw a gain of 63 House seats (the best showing in 64 years) and seven Senate seats.
Now maybe the top-down management proposed by Democrats will work as Senator Warren sets the pace and picks what parts of President Trump's agenda she will contest.
But the more democratic and grassroots approach of the Tea Party helped win back the House, which Republicans have held for 14 of the last 18 years.
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