The Hillary Clinton hit list

McClatchy Washington BureauJanuary 13, 2014 


Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton


Hillary Rodham Clinton during her failed presidential campaign kept a "hit list" of lawmakers who she and staff believed had slighted her or her husband, former President Bill Clinton, an upcoming book by two reporters says.

The revelation was included in an excerpt published today. The book, HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton, by The Hill’s Amie Parnes and Politico’s Jonathan Allen, says the campaign created a "data project ensured that the acts of the sinners and saints would never be forgotten."

The project included grading those who had earned Clinton's rath by endorsing Obama, though the Clintons had done her favors. The grades went 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."

But the book says 7 didn't seem to be enough for some members of Congress: "Bill and Hillary had gone all out for (Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill) when she ran for Senate in Missouri in 2006. 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 in October 2006.

“He’s been a great leader,” McCaskill said of Bill, “but I don’t want my daughter near him.”

Hillary Clinton canceled a planned fundraiser for McCaskill, the book says. McCaskill called Bill Clinton to offer a tearful apology. "Bill was gracious, which just made McCaskill feel worse. After winning the seat, she was terrified of running into Hillary Clinton in the Capitol. “I really don’t want to be in an elevator alone with her,” McCaskill confided to the friend."

The book notes that a number of politicians keep score of who helps -- and hurts them. And a source notes to the authors, “I wouldn’t, of course, call it an enemies list. I don’t want to make her sound like Nixon in a pantsuit.”

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