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 ObamaDem pollster: Trump stronger politically than critics expected Obama updates summer reading list 2018 is the year India, China and Israel go to the moon 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 ClintonDHS secretary: No sign Russia targeting midterm elections at 2016 level Twitter suspends Guccifer 2.0 and DCLeaks accounts after indictments Elon Musk donated nearly K to Republican PAC, filings show 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 Trump, 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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