According to ijr:
Frustrated Democrats’ Blunt Message for Hillary: It’s Time to Leave the Stage.
There’s a humorous old adage: how can we miss you if you won’t go away?
A growing number of Democrats don’t find it humorous anymore. Particularly as it pertains to Hillary Rodham Clinton.
From former aides, to former President Barack Obama’s White House officials, to Democratic strategists, the message is clear: it’s time to leave the public stage and make room for a new generation of presidential contenders.
While most Democrats are empathetic with Clinton’s need to publicly voice her disappointment, frustration, and even anger after losing the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump, for many of them, enough is enough.
Patti Solis Doyle, Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign manager, was clear:
— Patti Solis Doyle (@PattiSolisDoyle) May 31, 2017
The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza put it more bluntly:
“If Clinton showed signs that she truly is interested in running [again], Democrats should make very clear that they aren’t interested.”
As The Hill reports, one longtime aide who agrees with Clinton that the election was “stolen” from her also agrees that it’s time to stop complaining:
“Good God, what is she doing? 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 senior aide to Obama told The Hill it’s time for Clinton to accept some responsibility, “take a break,” and make room for others:
“If she 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.”
Inevitably, the question comes down to 2020 and whether Clinton will give it one more “third time’s a charm” shot. 2016 campaign manager Robby Mook told Greta Van Susteren in March that he “wouldn’t rule it out.”
During an interview with NPR in December, Obama said he’s interested in devoting part of his post-presidency to “developing a whole new generation of talent.” Chances are that interest applies to future Democratic presidential candidates.
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