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The politics of personal destruction, v 2.0

And coming to a presidential race near you soon:

“Hillary’s Hit List: The Clintons keep a favor file of saints and sinners, according to this excerpt from ‘HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton,'” out Feb. 11 from Crown, by POLITICO’s Jonathan Allen and The Hill’s Amie Parnes: “There was a special circle of Clinton hell reserved for people who had endorsed Obama or stayed on the fence after Bill and Hillary had raised money for them, appointed them to a political post or written a recommendation to ice their kid’s application to an elite school. On one early draft of the hit list [a post-campaign spreadsheet], each Democratic member of Congress was assigned a numerical grade from 1 to 7, with the most helpful to Hillary earning 1s and the most treacherous drawing 7s. The set of 7s included Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), as well as Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Baron Hill (D-Ind.) and Rob Andrews (D-N.J.). …

“For Hillary, … 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.”

Now, Bill and Hill aren’t the first to do this nor will they be the last, but they certainly are an indicator of how awful our politics have become. It is a patronage system which has little at all to do with duty, service or honor and a lot to do with grabbing power and exercising it for the benefit of the politician and the politician’s cronies. The money, time and effort that typically goes into keeping up with this sort of thing is rather interesting in and of itself. Another indicator of the pettiness of politicians and their desire for retributive “justice”.

Of course money is no longer a problem to the former Governor and First Lady of Arkansas.  Bill, who wrote off his underwear for tax purposes is now a multi-millionaire.  Who says politics doesn’t pay off?  And, so is his wife. So they’ve had both the time and money to put together an organization which will be pretty formidable in 2016.

As for the enemies on the Democratic side, well, it will be interesting to see how that plays out, won’t it? Especially if the “enemies” are situated in a strategic area that Hill needs and isn’t doing that well in. Bet that “numerical grade” goes up a bit in situations like that, huh?  Bill Clinton is Mr. Pragmatism himself.  Hill, yeah, not so much I think – not when it comes to “enemies”.

Anyway, I got a chuckle out of the list. Kerry just can’t win can he?

Thank goodness.


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12 Responses to The politics of personal destruction, v 2.0

  • Still, Clinton aides exulted in schadenfreude when their enemies faltered. Years later they would joke about the fates of folks who they felt had betrayed them.

    “Bill Richardson: investigated;
    John Edwards: disgraced by scandal;
    Chris Dodd: stepped down;
    “Ted Kennedy,” “dead;”

  • Human memory has a good/bad safety, I think.
    We forget how really horrible these people (Ol’ Walleyes and Ball-less Bill) actually are (aided by things like Ball-less Bill being named “Father Of the Year” and other cultural aberrations).
    But Bill was…and I think likely still is…an active sexual predator who…with the connivance of Ol’ Walleyes…destroyed the lives of his sexual prey who threatened exposure.
    As I’ve said before, Hill-larry’s main achievement has been decades of enabling really bad men, most recently Pres. ScamWOW.

    • “enabling really bad men, most recently Pres. ScamWOW.”
      and dozens and dozens of radical Islamists in Benghazi…..

  • Hey, remember when someone had an “enemies list” and it was a big deal because he was a Republican? Ha ha…

    • MSNBC gave a glimpse of what an Hiliary Clinton presidency would be like by declaring the news of the “enemies list” as .. sexist.
      After 5 years of “racist” claims under our Affirmative Action President, does America really want 4 to 8 years of sexism.

  • Benghazi Bombshell – New Exclusive Transcript Documents Investigating Benghazi Attack

    • I didn’t look yet.  Did they find that Christie ‘s staff closed one the main streets in Benghazi and slowed down the emergency vehicles rushing to the compound?

      • Damn that Snowdon like whistle blower! WE need to investigate to find out who released this information to Fox!  Get me Eric Holder, lie detector tests for all, waterboard them if you have to!  Call the National Weather Service and see how many news cycles we have to get through tilill the nest polar vortex distraction!  See if that Kardashian chick will have a wardrobe malfunction till the weather provides us some cover!

    • From the preliminary it sounds like it’s the military’s fault and the ambassador’s fault.

      • By that I mean, they are being blamed, with his majesty once more ‘shocked, shocked to unpreparedness in this administration’.

  • After all that campaign noise that Team Obama was going to be so much smarter than the Bush Administration, we are constantly met with the refrain … “Bush did it too”