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Ex-Obama Aide Says He’s ‘Probably Still the Leader of the Democratic Party’

Alyssa Mastromonaco, who served as deputy chief of staff in the Obama White House, spoke with CNN’s Erin Burnett tonight about––among other things––the state of the Democratic party post-Barack Obama.

Burnett said the party is clearly in “turmoil” right now, and she asked if Bernie Sanders is the party leader now.

Mastromonaco said, “I think Barack Obama is probably still the leader of the Democratic party, even though he is sort of on a hiatus right now.”

She briefly mentioned both Hillary Clinton and Tom Perez, but also expressed hope that the Democrats’ “identity crisis” will be resolved in time for the 2018 midterms.

Mastromonaco is not the first person to be asked about who’s leading the Democrats right now. In December, Jake Tapper asked that question of Joe Biden. In January, Greta Van Susteren posed it to Nancy Pelosi.

Just this week DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison said that Obama “could have been a better party leader.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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