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Hillary’s Hit List

A forthcoming book alleges that Hillary Clinton kept a spreadsheet of her enemies following the 2008 presidential campaign.

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Chris Queen

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January 13, 2014 - 1:00 pm
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Bill and Hillary have a notorious reputation for maintaining enemies and holding political and personal grudges. Now, a forthcoming book reports that Hillary Clinton kept a spreadsheet with a list of enemies on it following her loss in the 2008 presidential campaign. HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton by Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen is set for release on February 11, and its authors reveal the details of the “hit list” in the book.

The so-called “hit list” reportedly was entered into a Microsoft Excel document at the end of Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful 2008 presidential bid. In one draft, Democrats in Congress were even given a rating, from 1 to 7, with 7 being the worst.

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The list of who’s naughty and who’s nice — in their eyes — was largely based on who endorsed then-candidate Barack Obama in 2008, who endorsed Clinton and who sat out the race.

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The list was made not just to keep track of those who betrayed the family, but also to keep track of those who did right by them, for the purpose of returning political favors.

An excerpt from the book goes into detail as to who made the list and why:

“We wanted to have a record of who endorsed us and who didn’t,” said a member of Hillary’s campaign team, “and of those who endorsed us, who went the extra mile and who was just kind of there. And of those who didn’t endorse us, those who understandably didn’t endorse us because they are [Congressional Black Caucus] members or Illinois members. And then, of course, those who endorsed him but really should have been with her … that burned her.”

For Hillary, whose loss was not the end of her political career, the spreadsheet was a necessity of modern political warfare, an improvement on what old-school politicians called a favor file. It meant that when asks rolled in, she and Bill would have at their fingertips all the information needed to make a quick decision—including extenuating, mitigating, and amplifying factors—so that friends could be rewarded and enemies punished.

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Obama's problem is that he has not paid enough attention to those who have supported him. He doesn't schmooz. And schmoozing is what successful politicians like doing.
So, I don't fault the Clintons for making such a list. Their mistake is, to keep it around for just anyone to read. Now THAT is sloppy... and not Clintonesque.

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"...doesn’t such a list sound Clintonesque?"

It sounds more Obamaesque, except that it would be a lot of work, and Obama is a lazy slacker.
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