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Politico: Democrats Fear They're Unprepared for Trump's First 100 Days

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By    |   Monday, 12 Dec 2016 09:19 AM

Still smarting from an Election Day defeat in which they lost the presidency and both houses of Congress, Democrats are worried that will be unable to mount a challenge as President-elect Donald Trump's administration hits the ground running in its first 100 days, Politico reports.

Democrats say that although individual members of the party are criticizing Trump's actions, it is being done on an ad hoc basis without any unified message decided upon by a leadership team.

And there are no preparations on the horizon as Trump readies to go full speed ahead in launching his agenda when he takes office next month. Democrats lose their leader when President Barack Obama leaves the office and the Democratic National Committee won't have a permanent chairman or staff until March.

The Hill reports that the difficulties in quickly coming together to find a unified voice and new leadership is that there is disagreement among Democrats about why they lost the elections, and it is not even clear what the correct interpretation is since the defeat was due to a relatively small margin of votes in three key states.

Bill Richardson, the former New Mexico governor and 2008 presidential candidate, expressed the seriousness of the problem, saying he has "winged it" when he has gone on television to attack Trump's appointments.

"Trump every day is doing something outrageous," he told Politico. "What do we do? Criticize everything he does? Hold back a bit? . . . We need something now. Most of the Democrats I talk to are down, and they're asking who's in charge."

Some senators have even called advocacy groups to ask where they can find relevant research to point out the deficiencies in Trump's Cabinet picks.

The problem is exacerbated by the fact that the Democrats were caught flat-footed by Trump's victory, as Politico reports, the plan was for a victorious Hillary Clinton to hand pick her choice for DNC chairman, who would start the day after the inauguration, rather than the situation that exists now where the party is leaderless for the next few months.

Other Democrats sound less pessimistic, saying that a natural process will eventually take place where the party in opposition asserts itself to criticize the administration.

But this scenario does not account for trying to stop the Trump steamroller as it gets going in implementing its policies in the crucial first 100 days.

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