The most obvious reason is the president himself.
As President Donald Trump has continued to lash out at the media, the party’s top brass has been unable to keep up.
This is not the first time that the Democrats have been unable or unwilling to defend their leader.
The Democrats were able to defend Trump for several months after he launched a war of words with the widow of a Navy SEAL killed in a raid in Yemen, but they were unable to do so during the 2016 presidential campaign.
During the 2016 election, Democrats had a problem with their nominee, Sen. Bernie Sanders, who the party was counting on to be the anti-Trump.
And while Trump did not lose in the general election, he did lose his seat in the Senate to Republican Ted Cruz.
In the last few weeks, the Democrats were forced to defend themselves against accusations that they had been too soft on Russia.
“We’re not going to be afraid to be tough on Russia,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Schumer’s comments were made during a CNN interview with Chuck Todd on Wednesday.
Democrats were forced, however, to defend the president and his policies when it came to Russia.
And they were not happy about it.
Some Democrats who have been vocal about the Russia issue, including Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., have been pushing the White House to release its own intelligence.
For example, Van Hollens latest call for more transparency came a day after a senior adviser to the president, Kellyanne Conway, said the White White House would release the full report that was prepared by former FBI Director James Comey.
But the president has resisted the calls, saying it would “jeopardize” his ability to negotiate with Russia.