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- June 12, 2017

When Asked Who The Leader Of The Democrat Party Is, No One Seems To Have A Response

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TOP TAKEAWAYS

  •  Forty percent of registered voters said the Democrat party had no leader according to a recent poll.
  •  With no bench to look forward to, Democrats are forced to look back and often cite Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as the closest thing they have to a leader.
  •  Democrats have frequently resorted to dodging when asked who the leader of their party is.

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IN A RECENT POLL, FORTY PERCENT OF REGISTERED VOTERS SAID THE DEMOCRAT PARTY HAD NO LEADER

President Obama Led A Recent Poll Asking Who The Democrat Party Leader Was Despite Leaving Office

Forty Percent Of Registered Voters Said The Democratic Party Had No Leader According To A Recent Harvard-Harris Poll. "The Democratic Party has a leadership vacuum at the top, with many registered voters eager to see someone who is not currently on the scene become the party's standard-bearer in 2020, according to a new Harvard-Harris Poll Survey provided exclusively to The Hill. When registered voters were asked whom they view as the leader of the Democratic Party, 40 percent said it has no leader." (Jonathan Easley, "For Democrats, No Clear Leader," The Hill , 3/21/17)

  • President Obama Was Cited By Fifteen Percent Of Registered Voters As The Leader Of The Democratic Party More Than Registered Independent Bernie Sanders And Elizabeth Warren At Twelve Percent And Eleven Percent Respectively. "Fifteen percent named former President Obama as the party's leader. Twelve percent said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who has gone out of his way not to join the Democratic Party despite running for its presidential nomination last year. Eleven percent view Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) as the party's leader." (Jonathan Easley, "For Democrats, No Clear Leader," The Hill , 3/21/17)

DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN ALL OVER THE MAP WHEN ASKED WHO THE LEADER OF THEIR PARTY IS

Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Keith Ellison, Hillary Clinton And Barack Obama Have All Been Cited Recently As Leaders Of The Democratic Party

Vice President Biden Told Jake Tapper In December That There "Is No Single Leader" Of The Democratic Party. CNN's JAKE TAPPER: "Who is the leader of the Democratic Party as of January 21st?" VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: "Like after every presidential election when the party loses, there is no single leader. There are voices that hopefully will be heard. Hopefully, I will be able to have a voice in the direction of the party. The president of the United States will. Obviously, Chuck Schumer will, obviously Nancy Pelosi will. There is going to be governors that are going to emerge and so it's a contest of ideas to see which direction to take the party. After every single loss, the political party that loses goes in and does a retrospective of what happened, where did we make a mistake, what did we do wrong? That debate is going to ensue and hopefully the party will go from it." (CNN's "State of the Union," 12/11/16)

When Asked In November After The Presidential Election Who The Current Leaders Of The Democratic Party Were, Senator Sanders Named Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi And Keith Ellison. "When asked who the leaders of the Democratic Party are now, Sen. Bernie Sanders offered three names: Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and Keith Ellison. He didn't include himself, despite being promoted to a new post within the party. Sanders, speaking at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor on Thursday, was asked who the leaders of the Democratic Party are in light of President-elect Donald Trump defeating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential elections." (Daniel Strauss, "Sanders: Schumer, Pelosi And Ellison Are The Leaders Of The Democratic Party," Politico , 11/17/16)

  • Senator Sanders Added That Hillary Clinton Still "Has A Very Important Role To Play In The Future Of The Democratic Party." "Sanders didn't forget about Clinton though. Since the election, Sanders said he'd been on a conference call with Clinton but didn't elaborate on that call. He said, in response to a later question about whether she should continue to play a role in the party, that the former Democratic nominee 'has a very important role to play in the future of the Democratic Party.'" (Daniel Strauss, "Sanders: Schumer, Pelosi And Ellison Are The Leaders Of The Democratic Party," Politico , 11/17/16)

President Obama's Former Deputy Chief Of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco Told CNN That President Obama "Is Probably Still The Leader Of The Democratic Party, Even Though He Is… On Hiatus Right Now." "Currently the chief operating officer of Vice Media, Mastromonaco served as Obama's White House deputy chief of staff for operations from 2011 through 2014. However, her ties to the nation's 44th President go back much further, as she first worked for Obama during his days as an Illinois state senator. 'I think Barack Obama is probably still the leader of the Democratic Party, even though he is… on hiatus right now.' She told Erin Burnett on Friday. 'Hopefully… going into 2018… will be a moment where the Democratic Party's identity crisis is over.'" (Jason Kurtz, "Former WH Staffer: Obama Still Dem. Party Leader," CNN , 4/22/17)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Told Anderson Cooper In March That President Obama Could Not Be Dismissed As The Leader Of The Democratic Party, But She Declined To Name One Standard Bearer For The Party. CNN's ANDERSON COOPER: "Who is the leader of the Democratic Party right now?" REP. NANCY PELOSI: "Well, President Obama was the President of the United States until just a matter of weeks ago. I don't think he can be dismissed as the leader of the Democratic Party. Hillary Clinton did not win the election, but she is a respected leader, but we have leaders for all different aspects of it. The Democratic Party is a congressional party and we have leaders in Congress. It is a gubernatorial party, we have leaders." COOPER: "But on the state level it is a party which has suffered tremendous losses in the last couple of years." REP. PELOSI: "It has but we have a plan to address that." COOPER: "So there is not one standard bearer you see as the leader of the Democratic Party." REP. PELOSI: "We are not in a presidential time." (CNN's "AC360," 3/21/17)

When Asked By CNN's Chris Cuomo If Hillary Clinton Should Be "Out There As The Putative Head Of Your Party," Tom Perez Dodged The Question. CNN's CHRIS CUOMO: "I know it's tricky, I know it's sensitive, I know you just got in there and this is a tough task. But do you think for the future of your party, you need to make a decision about whether or not Hillary Clinton is allowed to be out there as the putative head of your party. She's the one that gets all the headlines. She's in a direct combat with the president in the name of the Democrats ostensibly." TOM PEREZ: "We have a lot of leaders who are out there today including Secretary Clinton and including so many other folks." (CNN's "New Day," 6/2/17)

Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL) Did Not Answer MSNBC's Craig Melvin's Question About Who The Leader Of The Democratic Party Is. MSNBC's: CRAIG MELVIN: "You pulled a sidestep there, you didn't answer my question, who's the leader of the Democratic Party right now." REP. TERRI SEWELL (D-AL): "Listen, we have many exciting leaders within the Democratic Party. I am very excited about the excitement and enthusiasm on the ground. I'm from Alabama but what's going in Georgia, we are excited about Republican districts narrowing and Democrats making big inroads. I think there are a lot of great, exciting Democratic leaders that are on the horizon." MELVIN: "Congresswoman Sewell, you did an excellent job there filibustering. We will come back in a few months and I'm going to ask you that same question. Who's the de facto leader of the Democratic Party, perhaps you will have an answer then." (MSNBC's "MSNBC Live," 5/26/17)

As Bernie Sanders Tries To Position Himself To Be The Leader Of The Democrats, Some In The Democratic Party Have Criticized Bernie Sanders For Dividing The Party

In Maine, At A DNC Event, The Audience Chanted "Bernie" When Asked Why They Came To The Rally. "When the leader of the Maine Young Democrats asked the crowd what brought them to the rally, the audience erupted in 'Bernie' cheers. The leader followed up by asking, 'Maybe you came through because you are curious about the new DNC chairman and the future of Democratic politics?' - and the crowd cut her off with boos." (Miranda Green and Eli Watkins, "Sanders, Perez Unity Tour Is Off To A Bumpy Start," CNN , 04/19/17)

In Miami, One Sanders Fan Rushed The Staged And Shouted "Bernie Would Have Won!" Into The Microphone And "The Audience Joined In The Cheer." "A Sanders fan rushed the stage, grabbed the microphone, and shouted, 'Bernie would have won!' The audience joined in the cheer, loudly repeating an alternate reality rallying cry that didn't exactly scream, 'Democratic Unity Tour.'" (Scott Detrow, "Sanders' United Tour With DNC Chair Exposes Rifts But Also Suggests Common Goals," National Public Radio , 04/22/17)

Former DNC Chair Donna Brazile Warned Party Leaders Against Relying On Sanders To Build Party Unity. "Former DNC chair Donna Brazile warned party leaders against relying on Sanders, unless they're willing to give in on opening the party to more independents like he wants. 'He's not someone who we should go to, to build or rebuild or expand our party unless he's willing,' she said." (Edward Isaac Dovere and Gabriel Debenedetti, "Democrats Divide On Bernie's 2020 Plans," Politico , 5/16/17)

Markos Moulitsas, Founder Of "Influential Liberal" Political Media Daily Kos, Said Bernie Has "Literally Divided The Party More Than It Was Before The (Unity) Tour Began." "'The fact that Tom Perez has given Sanders a platform without Sanders genuinely agreeing to work toward 'unity' has made a mockery of the whole process and literally divided the party more than it was before the tour began. It has been a disaster,' said Markos Moulitsas, the founder of the influential liberal Daily Kos site. 'Yes, Perez and company are clearly afraid of Sanders and his followers, but letting Sanders make a mockery of the party doesn't exactly help it build in the long haul.'" (Edward Isaac Dovere and Gabriel Debenedetti, "Democrats Divide On Bernie's 2020 Plans," Politico , 5/16/17)


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