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."

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 ObamaOvernight Cybersecurity: What we learned from Carter Page's House Intel testimony | House to mark up foreign intel reform law | FBI can't access Texas shooter's phone | Sessions to testify at hearing amid Russia scrutiny Russian social media is the modern-day Trojan horse Trump records robo-call for Gillespie: He'll help 'make America great again' 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 ClintonGOP rushes to cut ties to Moore Papadopoulos was in regular contact with Stephen Miller, helped edit Trump speech: report Bannon jokes Clinton got her ‘ass kicked’ in 2016 election 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 TrumpDems win from coast to coast Falwell after Gillespie loss: 'DC should annex' Northern Virginia Dems see gains in Virginia's House of Delegates 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. 

Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBipartisan group of lawmakers aim to reform US sugar program Schumer: Dems want DACA fix in government spending bill The Hill interview — DNC chief: I came here to win elections MORE (D-Mass.), Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersWorld leaders reach agreement on trade deal without United States: report Sanders on Brazile revelations: DNC needs ‘far more transparency’ Sen. Warren sold out the DNC MORE (I-Vt), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharReported pressure on CNN in Time Warner merger raises retaliation fears Dem sens demand answers over reports DOJ wanted CNN sold Ted Cruz, Debbie Dingell help Chuck Todd celebrate 70 years of 'Meet the Press' MORE (D-Minn.) are among at least 10 other possible candidates speculated to be challenging President Trump in 2020.