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We can't look like "just partisans" then, just more of the same but from the other side. We'll need the whole country behind us, or most of it anyway, and last I checked, more of the country identified as "independent" than either as Democrats or Republicans.
At that point, a reputation as "just partisans" may not help us. We may need to convince those people that we're the reasonable choice, not just the only choice left, or we may not get the outcomes we would wish for.
Something to consider for after the airship Age of Trump comes crashing down. If we want to seem reasonable then, we need to start now.