Democratic Leadership Vacuum Leads To Silos Of Personal Interest
Democrats are searching for a leader of their Party and coming up empty. Since the 2016 election, the leadership vacuum in the Democratic Party has only widened. Today, The Hill laid bare the frustrations of some party officials upset with former President Obama’s decision not to engage in this year’s midterm cycle earlier:
“Some say Obama should get off the sidelines — and should have done so earlier.
“He’s been way too quiet,” said one longtime Obama bundler who rarely criticizes the former president. “There are a lot of people who think he’s played too little a role or almost no role in endorsing or fundraising and he’s done jack shit in getting people to donate to the party.”
The vacuum at the top of the party has been created by the fall of the Clintons; Obama’s disappearance, for the most part, from the public stage; and the fact that other Democrats with national voices are getting ready for 2020.”
Not only are there no Dems stepping up to take charge, but the supposed leaders are not even hiding their efforts to put their own interests above those of the Party. Bernie Sanders has refused to give his email lists to the DNC, Hillary Clinton has sold hers for exorbitant amounts of money to the financially imperiled DNC, and Tom Steyer is causing headaches around impeachment and refusing to give to Democratic groups.
The personal interests of these Democrats continues to trump the needs of the party and with an ever-expanding 2020 field, they will only grow more protective of their own brands over Party.