The thing about this strategy is that some of what the Democrats say they want, they don't want. They sometimes trawl for votes, just for the votes. (Republicans have been known to do that too.) Jerry Brown was on TV this Sunday. He was asked about legalizing marijuana. He said that he'd had to review applications for clemency by those convicted of murder, and all too often, mj was a factor. He said that it distorts people's thinking. He's against it. Brown is a democrat, and a leftist democrat, but he's an honest leftist democrat. He speaks his mind.
Given free rein, and the democrats do have exactly that in CA, they might just pull back from the brink and not enact every last crazy scheme they've floated over the last few decades.