"Democrats face a challenge because they don't have a single leader," said Darrell M. West, director of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. "Many people are speaking on behalf of the party, and the risk is this muddles the message and leads to conflicting perspectives. It always is difficult for the party out of power to compete with the bully pulpit of the president."
"When public opinion is negative, Republicans are quick to distance themselves from Trump. They understand that he is a contentious person, and they want to make sure they don't get caught in the public backlash," said Darrell M. West, director of governance studies at the Brookings Institution.