Hillary Clinton’s 2008 enemies list: John Kerry, Claire McCaskill, et al

posted at 9:21 am on January 13, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

This list comes from her failed 2008 campaign, not any she may (ahem!) be building for 2016, but it’s a useful reminder of the Clintonland landscape in any period. Cross a Clinton, make the list — and it doesn’t matter how well-established one might be, either.  According to a new book coming out from Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, the Hillary Clinton Hit List was short but distinguished:

Inside a cramped third-floor office of Hillary Clinton’s once-bustling presidential campaign headquarters in the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, Kris Balderston and Adrienne Elrod put the finishing touches on a political hit list. …

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 one to seven, with the most helpful to Hillary earning ones and the most treacherous drawing sevens. The set of sevens included Sens. John Kerry, Jay Rockefeller, Bob Casey, and Patrick Leahy, as well as Reps. Chris Van Hollen, Baron Hill, and Rob Andrews.

Claire McCaskill made the list for telling the late Tim Russert that Bill Clinton was a fine President, “but I don’t want my daughter around him.” She apologized directly to Bill Clinton, but when she endorsed Barack Obama, all previous sins were unforgiven, too. Team Clinton carefully noted each perceived slight and betrayal — in Excel spreadsheets! — and exulted when their nemeses stumbled.

Even years later:

“Bill Richardson: investigated; John Edwards: disgraced by scandal; Chris Dodd: stepped down,” one said to another. “Ted Kennedy,” the aide continued, lowering his voice to a whisper for the punch line, “dead.”

Now, none of this is exceptionally different than what other politicians do. Everyone keeps track of friendships, betrayals, and chits owed and on call.  It’s just that, as Parnes and Allen note, the Clintons are particularly good at it — and have the power to make it count:

“It wasn’t so much punishing as rewarding, and I really think that’s an important point,” said one source familiar with Bill’s thinking. “It wasn’t so much, ‘We’re going to get you.’ It was, ‘We’re going to help our friends.’ I honestly think that’s an important subtlety in Bill Clinton, in his head. She’s not as calculated, but he is.”

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 when asked about the spreadsheet put together by Balderston and Elrod. “I don’t want to make her sound like Nixon in a pantsuit.”

Perhaps not. But perhaps it’s not the healthiest thing for Democrats to give her the opportunity to become one, either.


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Punish our enemies……..and reward our friends.

Where did I hear that before?

Lanceman on January 13, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Nice pic HotAir…

a guy who let a young woman Drown, and a woman who
let an Ambassador (and three others)lose their lives.

HEY AMERICA, TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT YOUR DEMOCRAT PARTY!!

be careful now! Don’t get too close to these people,
you’ll end up DEAD.

ToddPA on January 13, 2014 at 9:27 AM

It’s never been about doing good, it’s always been about power. Never forget that, HotAirians.

WordsMatter on January 13, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Yo Go Girl… I have a truck load of polyester pantsuits that my mom wore last century and could make a fortune sell’n them on E-Bay. I just need some dumb douche to bring them back in fashion.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on January 13, 2014 at 9:30 AM

a guy who let a young woman Drown, and a woman who
let an Ambassador (and three others)lose their lives.

ToddPA on January 13, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Oh! The Clinton body count is much higher than that. The number of convenient deaths of those about to harm the Clintons represents an extraordinary break from the law of averages.

Happy Nomad on January 13, 2014 at 9:31 AM

A Clinton ‘hit list?’ Say it ain’t so!

Gothguy on January 13, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Yikes, a Clinton hit list?

Vince Foster unavailable for comment.

HumpBot Salvation on January 13, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Oh! The Clinton body count is much higher than that. The number of convenient deaths of those about to harm the Clintons represents an extraordinary break from the law of averages.

Happy Nomad on January 13, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Agreed…..I simply listed the latest body count…

ToddPA on January 13, 2014 at 9:36 AM

But Nixon was the evil one, right libs and MSM. Obama and the Clinton’s and the Kennedy’s are all magnitudes worse in their enemies list.

jaywemm on January 13, 2014 at 9:36 AM

“I don’t want to make her sound like Nixon in a pantsuit.”

She makes Nixon look like a piker when it comes to retribution.

tru2tx on January 13, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Just what Billy needs another dumb scrunt in the oval office oral orifice

roflmmfao

donabernathy on January 13, 2014 at 9:40 AM

“I don’t want to make her sound like Nixon in a pantsuit.”

Did Nixon ever get an ambassador killed? Particularly one who begged for more security and was rebuffed.

rbj on January 13, 2014 at 9:41 AM

I am shocked I tell you…simply shocked!

*snicker*

workingclass artist on January 13, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Claire McCaskill made the list for telling the late Tim Russert that Bill Clinton was a fine President, “but I don’t want my daughter around him.”

Democrats have such a good sense of humor.

Paul-Cincy on January 13, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Luv the picture

Fat Teddy… “there won’t be any scotch left in hell if I get there first”

roflmmfao

donabernathy on January 13, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Vince Foster unavailable for comment.

HumpBot Salvation on January 13, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Beat me to it.

Kafir on January 13, 2014 at 9:45 AM

RIP Politico for running this story.

tru2tx on January 13, 2014 at 9:46 AM

“Pantsuit Nixon”

If someone does not name their garage band that, I will be very disappointed.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 13, 2014 at 9:51 AM

I guess that the Morrissy’s won’t be dancing at the White House during the next Clinton administration. :)

The voting public doesn’t care about this stuff. They want their free government goodies. And Hillary will give it to them until the money runs out. Welcome to Rome during the times of Commodus.

simkeith on January 13, 2014 at 9:52 AM

I’ve always maintained that you have to see the Broderick Crawford film version of Robert Penn Warren’s novel All The King’s Men (a thinly-disguised book about Huey Long) to understand Bill Clinton, and Angela Lansbury playing Mrs. Iselin in the original film version of Richard Condon’s The Manchurian Candidate to understand Hillary Clinton.

(The remakes of both may safely be ignored on all counts.)

Nixon was in a perpetual Dutch Schultz mode, always looking for somebody to “get back at”.

Bill was and is an adolescent who never grew up, who has found that power=getting everything he couldn’t get on merit. Notably girls hanging all over him.

Hillary vacillates between thinking she’s Leon Trotsky, creating a socialist “revolution without borders”- and Al Capone, who can “deal with” anyone who disses her and get away with it.

It’s hard to say which mode she gets more personal enjoyment out of.

The most dangerous people, in terms of unpredictable destruction, are those who enjoy destroying things just for the sake of doing it.

Hillary is absolutely in that category. (Cf. White House travel office.)

Seen in this light, the Clintons’ reaction to anyone they regard as “disloyal” really shouldn’t surprise anyone. Bill reacts to reassure himself he still has power.

Hillary reacts to maintain the terror. (See Prime Order Of The Empire.)

clear ether

eon

eon on January 13, 2014 at 9:53 AM

New Boss Same As The Old

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMgGORbd72w

roflmmfao

donabernathy on January 13, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Ted Kennedy … [dramatic pause] … dead.

A great line sorta like Carville’s “Drag a hundred dollar bill through a trailer park …”

It must be nice being a Democrat and being allowed to say these things with impunity.

MaxMBJ on January 13, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Christie is a vindictive bully but Hillary is just keeping track

cmsinaz on January 13, 2014 at 10:05 AM

What is her body count up to?

Murphy9 on January 13, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Alinskyites first order of the day ‘Create an enemy list’

RdLake on January 13, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Bill Clinton had to be on the list…at one point.

Oil Can on January 13, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Where’s the outrage as there was when it was revealed that Romney, using good common marketing sense, said (to paraphrase) that there is a 47% segment of potential voters who would never vote for a Republican so they shouldn’t waste their time on trying to pander to them?

iamsaved on January 13, 2014 at 10:24 AM

She can’t be Nixon in a pantsuit. He had the decency to resign. She left with what difference does it make.

Kissmygrits on January 13, 2014 at 10:26 AM

It must be a slow Monday for you to be wasting your time on the obvious. Yawn.

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The CJ Political Report on January 13, 2014 at 10:33 AM

“Cross a Clinton, make the list — and it doesn’t matter how well-established one might be, either.”

In that case: NSA, pls go ahead and forward my info to ClintoList.

Tsar of Earth on January 13, 2014 at 10:40 AM

I vaguely recall a alleged incident when Bill was first running for the Whitehouse and a man in the handshake line made a derogatory comment to him. He turned to an aide and said loud enough so that a reporter heard, “Get his name!”

Don L on January 13, 2014 at 10:45 AM

“Pantsuit Nixon”

If someone does not name their garage band that, I will be very disappointed.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 13, 2014 at 9:51 AM

GoDaddy. Now!

Tsar of Earth on January 13, 2014 at 10:45 AM

How ’bout the Chicago Phone Book?

TimBuk3 on January 13, 2014 at 11:20 AM

I have a theory that the Clintons:

1) Helped Obama land that 2004 Democratic National Convention prime-time speaking slot,

2) Helped Obama win his 2004 U.S. Senate election,

3) Intended for Obama to be Hillary’s running mate. (Think of the identity politics bonanza of “First Woman President & First Black Vice-President”.)

4) Were blind-sided when Obama had the audacity to directly challenge Hillary for the nomination, and use “any means necessary” to: A) steal caucus state victories, B) change the rules to give Obama more delegates for MI & FL primaries, C) strong-arm “Super Delegates” to support Obama over Hillary at the 2008 DNC.

Bill may have helped Obama at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, but that was in the Clinton’s own best interest… If Romney had won in 2012, Hillary would have had to challenge an incumbent.

I believe that the Clintons HATE anyone associated with Obama’s 2008 win. And they clearly kept detailed records of anyone who betrayed them. Given the chance, they absolutely will reward their friends and punish their enemies (to paraphrase “category 7″ Valerie Jarrett).

ITguy on January 13, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Now, none of this is exceptionally different than what other politicians do. Everyone keeps track of friendships, betrayals, and chits owed and on call. It’s just that, as Parnes and Allen note, the Clintons are particularly good at it — and have the power to make it count:

It’s not so much that the Clintons are so good at drawing up and maintaining their enemies lists; it’s that the vast majority of the big media looks at those lists and instead of being outraged at the pettiness and the vendettas, says “How adorable!” and get all squishy inside, as long as they don’t have someone higher up on the politically correct food chain they’re pushing, as was the case with Obama in 2008.

Same goes for 2016 — the only way the big media gets churlish over a Clinton enemies list, past or present, in anywhere near the fashion they’re tut-tutting about Chris Christie’s current kerfuffle, is if Hillary is using that list against supporters of a Democratic primary candidate to her left, like Bernie Sanders or Liz Warren.

jon1979 on January 13, 2014 at 11:25 AM

More space wasted on someone that doesn’t stand a chance of getting the Dem nom in 2016.

The internets is gonna have a good cry when they have to let HC go.

Moesart on January 13, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Let’s not forget that Hillary! and her 2008 team were the very first Birthers.

Del Dolemonte on January 13, 2014 at 11:31 AM

She can’t be Nixon in a pantsuit. He had the decency to resign. She left with what difference does it make.

Kissmygrits on January 13, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Excellent point!

ITguy on January 13, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Vince Foster unavailable for comment.
HumpBot Salvation on January 13, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Sure he is…just not with an Android or iPhone

BlaxPac on January 13, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Bill Clinton had to be on the list…at one point.

Oil Can on January 13, 2014 at 10:21 AM

THREAD WINNER.

ToddPA on January 13, 2014 at 12:38 PM

May all their friends, enemies and them go to Hell. What a lot they are.

obama must really hate the Clintons to replace her with her arch-enemy, Kerry.

The bigger Benedict Arnold is Richardson.

Schadenfreude on January 13, 2014 at 1:12 PM

It’s indolent thinking to compare her with Nixon.

Nixon was not a scumhag, with blood on her hands.

Schadenfreude on January 13, 2014 at 1:13 PM

We spend a lot of time comparing politicians to Nixon. My dad was fond of saying that Nixon learned everything he knew from his mentor…Lyndon Baines Johnson. The only difference between the two, my dad would continue to say, was that Nixon got caught.

Ace ODale on January 13, 2014 at 1:26 PM

This is poof positive that Americans don’t need the NSA or IRS spying on them period! These petty, corrupt, greedy, controlling politicians of every party cannot resist snooping, bullying,intimidation, and threats to their opponents!We should not give them the means to destroy any one of us at will! Snowden was right!

Marco on January 13, 2014 at 1:31 PM

And now, to the link comments, where there’s some serious intellectual deficits in the “reasoning” of the mentally-challenged Democrat Twits of the Year:

Another favorite Clinton conspiracy theory is how Bill sold missile technology to the Chinese.

I can understand how you feel sick to your stomach, I felt the same way when Bush was President!

right wing filth revel in ignorance and want the rest of the world to join them.

(Bush) loved (America) so much he let 3000 Americans die so he could attack Iraq.

W only love his booze and blow…

Bush loved his country? He loved making money off his country, he certainly didn’t love his country, and definitely didn’t love our troops that he sent into harms way on unjustified reasons, without proper gear. But hey, you revisionists can keep trying. Bush will continue to go down as the biggest stain on this country ever.

You better get use to being sick because Hillary is going to be your next president!

she didn’t let as many State Department workers die as Bush did

At least we still have a country despite Bush’s efforts to break it.

You can start calling her Mrs. President.

I became a citizen to vote for her.

You’d better get used to the idea because she’ll be the Commander in Chief for two full terms. She’s got name recognition, all the money in the world, and she’ll lock-in the female vote before ever leaving the starting line. She’s a lock.

Take heart though…….as much as you despise the Clintons, we liberals hated George W. Bush much more.

“IT BURNS!”

Del Dolemonte on January 13, 2014 at 1:57 PM

HumpBot (at 9:35 AM) … there are more besides Vince Foster,
James McDougal
Chris Stevens
Sean Smith
Glen Doherty
Tyrone Woods
I’m certain this is the short list and ‘I don’t recall’ (Her favorite reply to questions under oath) was Her reply..

Mom always said you should not say bad things about the dead. So in the case of Theodore Kennedy … he is DEAD. Good.
BTW my comment on Little Green Footballs that got me banned after his demise was:
Teddy is in Purgatory getting water boarded, with Mary Jo on the bucket. Seemed an appropriate thought at the time, but I guess Charles was a Knight (believe) defender of Camelot.

Missilengr on January 13, 2014 at 2:53 PM

The difference between JFK, Johnson, and Nixon? Good PR and the fact Nixon got caught.

Hard Right on January 13, 2014 at 3:36 PM

oops

Anti-Control on February 6, 2014 at 4:15 PM