Democrats are leaving Hillary Clinton behind

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These are heady days for Democrats. Speaker Nancy Pelosi is flexing her power in the House, state legislatures are sweeping away abortion boundaries and each day brings a new entry into the 2020 presidential sweepstakes.

Far-left newcomers demand massive tax hikes on the wealthy, free health care for all and an end to fossil fuels. Some are even attacking America’s Judeo-Christian heritage.

Yet perhaps the single biggest development of recent days barely made news: Hillary Clinton’s ­political career is over, kaput, ­finished.

“She’s not running for president,” John Podesta, the chairman of her 2016 campaign, told CNN. He dismissed an earlier report that she was considering a run as ­“media catnip,” adding for emphasis: “I take her at her word. She’s not running for president.”

Now, taking Clinton at her word is the definition of dicey, but this time is different because it’s not as if she has much choice. Clinton quit the 2020 race before she was fired.

Ding, dong.

Despite her efforts to stay relevant and keep her options open, it became increasingly obvious that the party passed her by. The rise of a fiery new generation, epitomized by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is the final proof that, although Clinton bested Bernie Sanders in the 2016 primaries, Sanders won the future.

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