According to a new book, the Clintons built a formal enemies list on an Excel spreadsheet at the end of Hillary Clinton’s failed 2008 presidential bid. The enemies on the list were apparently fellow Democrats whom Hillary believed betrayed her during the primaries.
The alleged list is detailed in the book “HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton” — Politico and The Hill published excerpts from the book. The book is set to be released next month.
The book claims that the Clintons’ list, which insiders referred to as the “hit list,” ranked enemies on a scale from 1-7, 7 being the worst traitor. Some Democrats who made the list were John Kerry, Ted Kennedy, and John Edwards.
According tot he book, “traitors” were individuals who chose to endorse Barack Obama rather than Hillary in 2008.
An excerpt from the book, written by reporters Jonathan Allen of Politico and Amie Parnes of The Hill, said, “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.”
It continued, “For Hillary, whose loss was of course 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.”
The list did not just include political enemies — it also included the names of individuals who had done good deeds for the Clintons, so that favors could be returned.
Hillary currently claims that she has not yet decided if she will run for president in 2016. Although her alleged “hit list” has been making the media rounds, it will likely not matter much if she does decide to run in 2016. It does, however, signify that Hillary will be under intense scrutiny this year as she decides whether or not to run for president.