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Democrats Want Clinton To Follow Obama's Lead - Let Go Of The Spotlight

Some Democratic insiders fear that Hillary Clinton’s recent statements about the 2016 election are harming the party’s chances of regaining power in Washington, D.C.

Many activists cringed when Clinton blamed her loss on the FBI’s investigation of her email practices as secretary of state, as well as Russia’s alleged interference in the presidential race. She also cited misogyny, while acknowledging that she did not run “the perfect campaign.”

Clinton raised more eyebrows when she criticized the Democratic National Committee, which some saw as a rebuke of former President Obama. The Hill reported that it contacted “more a dozen Democrats” to get their reactions to Clinton’s comments. “Good God, what is she doing,” one veteran Clinton associate asked. “She’s apparently still really, really angry. I mean, we all are. The election was stolen from her, and that’s how she feels, but to go out there publicly again and again and talk about it; and then blame the DNC? It’s not helpful to Democrats. It’s not helpful to the country, and I don’t think it’s helpful to her.”

A former top staffer for Obama remarked that “if (Clinton) is trying to come across as the leader of the angry movement of what happened in 2016, then she’s achieving it, but part of the problem she had was she didn’t have a vision for the Democratic Party, and she needs to now take a break and let others come to the forefront.”

Most of the aides and supporters The Hill interviewed conceded that Clinton has a right to talk about the election, and many indicated they agree with her condemnation of former FBI Director James Comey. Last summer, Comey said Clinton had been “extremely careless” in handling classified government information when she headed the State Department in Obama’s first term. Just 11 days before the election, the FBI chief announced that the bureau had reopened the email investigation, though he later reported that agents found no incriminating evidence. Comey’s actions severely damaged the Clinton campaign, according to the candidate and her supporters.

Obama has been keeping a lower profile than Clinton, making few public appearances and generally refraining from revisiting last year’s election. He also has shown restraint in criticizing President Trump, allowing other Democratic leaders to slam the Republican administration. Obama did speak out forcefully last week against Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement.

The Hill noted that no Democrat has emerged as a respected leader of the party. Polls indicate that Sen. Bernie Sanders, who competed with Clinton for the Democratic nomination, is the most popular politician in the country. However, some party activists reject the Vermont lawmaker because he is a political independent rather than a Democrat. The recently elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Tom Perez, is not yet widely known; and no Congressional Democrat appears to be capturing widespread attention.

A former Obama aide said the ex-president is focusing on developing new Democratic leaders, but pointed out that “it’s hard to do that when you have the former nominee out there in a newsy, aggressive manner.”

Source: The Hill
Photo: The Hill Screenshot

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