Hillary’s political ‘hit list’: New book shows how she ranked traitors who endorsed Obama

An excerpt from a new book on Hillary Rodham Clinton revealed the names of those who made the top of Clinton’s “political hit list” – the Democratic traitors that “burned her” and supported Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential campaign.

"HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton" via Amazon.
“HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton” via Amazon.

HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton” is an upcoming, collaborative book authored by Politico’s White House bureau chief Jonathan Allen and The Hill’s White House correspondent Amie Parnes that examines Clinton’s “phoenix-like rise” from her “surprising defeat in the 2008 Democratic primary,” according to the book’s description on Amazon.

According to the excerpt published in both The Hill and Politico Magazine Monday, members of then-Senator Clinton’s campaign team used a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to numerically rank those helpful to Clinton – earning a “1,” and therefore, political favors from Clinton – and those who stabbed her in the back and endorsed Obama – earning “the most treacherous” ranking of 7.

Take a look at some highlights from the excerpt in Politico Magazine:

There was a special circle of Clinton hell reserved for people who had endorsed Obama or stayed on the fence after Bill and Hillary had raised money for them, appointed them to a political post or written a recommendation to ice their kid’s application to an elite school.

The set of 7s included Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), as well as Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Baron Hill (D-Ind.) and Rob Andrews (D-N.J.).

Earning particular scorn from team Clinton were Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass.

According to Politico:

Bill and Hillary had gone all out for her when she ran for Senate in 2006, as had Obama. But McCaskill seemed to forget that favor when NBC’s Tim Russert asked her whether Bill had been a great president, during a Meet the Press debate against then-Sen. Jim Talent (R-Mo.) in October 2006. “He’s been a great leader,” McCaskill said of Bill, “but I don’t want my daughter near him.”
Hate is too weak a word to describe the feelings that Hillary’s core loyalists still have for McCaskill, who seemed to deliver a fresh endorsement of Obama—and a caustic jab at Hillary—every day during the long primary season.

But Kennedy (another 7 on the hit list) was a different story. He had slashed Hillary most cruelly of all, delivering a pivotal endorsement speech for Obama just before the Super Tuesday primaries that cast her as yesterday’s news and Obama as the rightful heir to Camelot.

The excerpt concluded with why the hit list is important. According to The Hill:

It would be political malpractice for the Clintons not to keep track of their friends and enemies. Politicians do that everywhere. The difference is the Clintons, because of their popularity and the positions they’ve held, retain more power to reward and punish than anyone else in modern politics. And while their aides have long and detailed memories, the sheer volume of the political figures they interact with makes a cheat sheet indispensable. “I wouldn’t, of course, call it an enemies list,” said one Clintonworld source. “I don’t want to make her sound like Nixon in a pantsuit.”

In the summer of 2008, Hillary Clinton couldn’t have known whether or when she would run for president again. But she knew who was on her side and, name for name, who wasn’t.

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