Posted Monday, January 13th 2014 @ 1pm by Kevin Spak, Newser Staff
(NEWSER) – Hillary Clinton doesn't just remember who her friends and enemies are—she has a database. As her 2008 campaign wound down, two of her closest advisers created what Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes dramatically term a "political hit list" in an excerpt from their new book atPolitico today. The spreadsheet documented not only which Democrats had and hadn't endorsed her, but any favors they'd done, extenuating circumstances, and, at one point, a betrayal rating on a 1-7 scale. Here are some of the known 7s:
- Claire McCaskill—"Hate is too weak a word to describe the feelings that Hillary’s core loyalists still have for McCaskill," Allen and Parnes write. The Clintons supported her in 2006 (as did Obama), but she coordinated her endorsement of Obama with two other women for maximum effect.
- Ted Kennedy—Delivered a pivotal Obama endorsementright before Super Tuesday. Years later, an aide joked about the fate of Hillary's foes saying, "Bill Richardson: investigated; John Edwards: disgraced by scandal; Chris Dodd: stepped down. Ted Kennedy: dead."