How Hillary’s ‘Hit List’ Struck Fear in the Hearts of Democrats
The Clintons have a reputation of not putting up with much.
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A new book jointly written by The Hill’s Amie Parnes and Politico’s Jonathan Allen, HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton, details how the Hillary Clinton campaign composed a political hit list of those who had betrayed Clinton in the 2008 presidential campaign and supported Barack Obama instead.
The book asserts that the list was finalized in June 2008 after months of keeping score of those who stuck with Hillary and those who stabbed her in the back. The job of finalizing the list fell to Kris Balderston, deputy assistant to Bill Clinton during his presidency and later Hillary’s legislative director and deputy chief of staff in the Senate, and Adrienne Elrod, who interned in the White House in 1996 and moved on to senior posts on Capitol Hill.
The book notes that the duo had been updating a list of those who had endorsed Hillary and those who had endorsed Obama for months. They used a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to go into great detail about exactly why candidates abandoned Hillary. One member of Hillary’s campaign team said:
We wanted to have a record of who endorsed us and who didn’t, and of those who endorsed us, who went the extra mile and who was just kind of there. And of those who didn’t endorse us, those who understandably didn’t endorse us because they are [Congressional Black Caucus] members or Illinois members. And then, of course, those who endorsed him but really should have been with her… that burned her.