CNN's Zeleny: Leaderless Democrats 'in complete disrepair and disarray'

CNN's Zeleny: Leaderless Democrats 'in complete disrepair and disarray'
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CNN's Jeff Zeleny said Tuesday afternoon that the Democratic party has "no leader" and is in "complete disrepair and disarray."

The perspective from the network's senior White House correspondent came during a panel segment on possible Democratic candidates in the 2020 presidential election on CNN's "Inside Politics."

"The list of names that you read off is incredibly interesting. We’re not going to know for sure until after the midterm elections," Zeleny told fill-in host Dana Bash. "That’s when things sort of start to see who’s the most popular campaigning this fall."

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Zeleny sees Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif) as a possible fresh face for the party and compared the freshman senator’s current position to President Obama's in 2005 before he captured the presidency three years later.

"But Senator Kamala Harris is fascinating to me," he said. "Because she arrives in Washington, at the exact same time Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaGOP rep: North Korea wants Iran-type nuclear deal Dems fear lasting damage from Clinton-Sanders fight Iran's president warns US will pay 'high cost' if Trump ditches nuclear deal MORE arrived in Washington, 2005 for him, 2017 for her, in terms of first year of a new Republican administration.

"So I think that the party generally looks to someone new, not someone old," Zeleny said, in what appeared to be a reference to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden slams Trump over golf gif hitting Clinton Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax hit by earlier hack | What to know about Kaspersky controversy | Officials review EU-US privacy pact Overnight Tech: Equifax hit by earlier undisclosed hack | Facebook takes heat over Russian ads | Alt-right Twitter rival may lose domain MORE's 2016 campaign.

"We’ll see if that’s true this time, but it’s a huge problem for Democrats. There is no bench for the party. So they can be laughing all they want about these poll numbers for Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden slams Trump over golf gif hitting Clinton Trump Jr. declines further Secret Service protection: report Report: Mueller warned Manafort to expect an indictment MORE, but the reality is, Democrats are in complete disrepair and disarray in their own party. There’s no leader," he concluded.

Harris, 52, is a former attorney and served as California attorney general before being elected as the state's junior senator in 2016. 

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