Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton keeps a detailed list of the Democrats who have crossed her, according to two of her closest advisors.
In their new book, Clinton advisors Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes say she has a spreadsheet of Democrats who did and didn’t endorse her, the favors they’ve done, and any extenuating circumstances, Politico reported. They refer to it as her “political hit list.”
It’s normal to keep a list of friends and foes, but the pair says the scope of Clinton’s lists is incomparable. One breaks down Democrats with a one to seven point scale, with one being the most helpful and seven being the highest level of betrayal.
Allen and Parnes showcase some of “The Sevens” in their Politico excerpt. It appears that President Barack Obama’s supporters rank the worst on the list.
Secretary of State John Kerry was on the list for endorsing Obama in June 2008: “Who better than Barack Obama to bring new credibility to America’s role in the world and help restore our moral authority?”
Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., who released a pivotal endorsement for Obama just before Super Tuesday in 2008, is a seven.
“I believe there is one candidate who has extraordinary gifts of leadership and character matched to the extraordinary demands of this moment in history,” Kennedy said, endorsing Obama on July 28, 2008.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W. Va., became a seven when he said, “Barack Obama is the most qualified person—Democrat or Republican—to lead our country in the face of enormous challenge.”
Other political foes to assigned a seven: Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.; Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt; Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.; Former Rep. Baron Hill, D-Ind.; and Former Rep. Rob Andrews, D-N.J.
“In the summer of 2008, Hillary 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,” the authors wrote.
Those close to Hillary said the lists weren’t about hurting her enemies – they were about being true to her friends.
"I don't want to make her sound like Nixon in a pantsuit,” said an anonymous Clinton aide.
“It wasn’t so much punishing as rewarding, and I really think that’s an important point,” a source told Politico. “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.”
Sources: Newser, Politico