President Obama isn’t the only politician with an enemies list. Hillary Clinton has one, too, but her’s is actually a spread sheet and also includes her pals. That’s the news from an excerpt of HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton published in Politico Magazine. The “hit list” was created and updated by two long-time Clinton operatives, Kris Balderston and Adrienne Elrod.
Their spreadsheet formalized the deep knowledge of those involved in building it. Like so many of the Clinton help, Balderston and Elrod were walking favor files. They remembered nearly every bit of assistance the Clintons had given and every slight made against them. Almost six years later, most Clinton aides can still rattle off the names of traitors and the favors that had been done for them, then provide details of just how each of the guilty had gone on to betray the Clintons—as if it all had happened just a few hours before. The data project ensured that the acts of the sinners and saints would never be forgotten.
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. On one early draft of the hit list, each Democratic member of Congress was assigned a numerical grade from 1 to 7, with the most helpful to Hillary earning 1s and the most treacherous drawing 7s. 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.).
Yet even a 7 didn’t seem strong enough to quantify the betrayal of some onetime allies.
Read the whole thing. Claire McCaskill and Ted Kennedy were also on the naughty list. During the 2008 primary they had so many Democrat defections to Barack Obama that Hillary resorted to begging super delegates to vote for her at the convention even if they were hesitant to publicly endorse her.