Hillary Clinton’s political career is over, according to the election loser’s close ally. “I don’t expect her to ever run for any elected office again,” Center for American Progress president Neera Tanden said Sunday during an interview on CNN.
Tanden’s remarks come on the heels of a New York Post editorial urging Clinton to run against Bill de Blasio for mayor of New York City.
“Yes, we were highly critical of Hillary Clinton in the runup to Election Day. But that was the race for the White House, where she offered a program far to the left of the nation’s center,” the Post editors wrote over the weekend. “Not so in New York, where she’d be dead-center in the city’s Democratic majority. Progressive, but not obsessed with proving it — nor with trying to use the mayoralty to become a national leader.”
Tanden, who advised Clinton during her failed 2008 presidential run, said Clinton would retire from politics in order to pursue her lifelong dream of helping children.
“I think she’s going to figure out ways to help kids and families. That’s been what she’s been focused on her whole life, and a lot of issues that are affecting them, over the next couple of years,” Tanden said.
That would mark a change from the career path Clinton embarked on in the years prior to launching her second failed bid for the White House. After quitting her job as secretary of state in 2013, Hillary wrote an underperforming memoir, and made millions of dollars giving speeches to corporations.
Emails published by WikiLeaks revealed that potty-mouthed Tanden was in frequent contact with Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, using colorful language to offer constructive criticism.
“Have her beat the shit out of a punch doll (or maybe a staff)…so she would be warm and charming in the interview,” Tanden wrote in an email to Podesta in September 2015.
Other Clinton allies have offered a different take on whether Clinton intends to pursue politics in the future. Some have even suggested that Hillary might be “keeping her options open” in case she decides to run for president again in 2020.
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