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Pre-Primary Stories Fly: Hillary Clinton Aides Kept a “Hit List” Of People That Crossed Her; Robert Gates Says Conduct of Obama White House “Offended” Her

January 13, 2014

During her 2008 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton’s aides kept a meticulous “political hit list” containing the names of members of Congress who had “burned her” by endorsing Barack Obama, an upcoming book on Clinton’s political “rebirth” reveals.

Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News

“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,” a member of Clinton’s 2008 campaign team told Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, the authors of “HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton,” in an excerpt published by Politico. “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.”

The data “ensured that the acts of the sinners and saints would never be forgotten,” the authors wrote. “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.”

The list, kept on an Excel spreadsheet, included ratings for each member on a scale from 1 (“most helpful”) to 7 (“most treacherous”).

So just who were the “most treacherous”? According to the excerpt, Sens. John Kerry, Jay Rockefeller, Claire McCaskill, Bob Casey, Patrick Leahy the late Ted Kennedy, and Reps. Chris Van Hollen, Baron Hill and Rob Andrews each were assigned a rating of 7 for their public endorsements of Obama.

McCaskill’s endorsement, in particular, irked Clinton because the Missouri Democrat had already publicly dinged Bill Clinton. “He’s been a great leader,” McCaskill said on “Meet the Press” in 2006, “but I don’t want my daughter near him.” McCaskill later apologized, but in 2008 became the first female senator to endorse Obama.

Kennedy, though, “had slashed Hillary most cruelly of all, delivering a pivotal endorsement speech for Obama just before the Super Tuesday primaries that cast her as yesterday’s news and Obama as the rightful heir to Camelot.”

According to the book, Clinton aides would later joke among themselves about those they felt had betrayed them: “Bill Richardson: investigated; John Edwards: disgraced by scandal; Chris Dodd: stepped down; Ted Kennedy: dead.”

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Hillary Clinton (left) and Bob Gates are pictured. | AP Photo

Gates writes that Clinton opposed the Iraq surge because of her 2008 campaign. | AP Photo

By KATIE GLUECK | 1/7/14 5:37 PM EST Updated: 1/8/14 2:42 PM EST

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton saw the Obama administration as deeply “controlling” on national security issues, Defense Secretary Bob Gates wrote in an essay published Tuesday and adapted from his forthcoming book.

“The controlling nature of the Obama White House, and its determination to take credit for every good thing that happened while giving none to the career folks in the trenches who had actually done the work, offended Secretary Clinton as much as it did me,” Gates writes in the piece published in The Wall Street Journal.

His new book, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” is set for publication on Jan. 14.

“The President deeply appreciates Bob Gates’ service as Secretary of Defense, and his lifetime of service to our country,” a White House statement reads. It continues, “As has always been the case, the President welcomes differences of view among his national security team, which broaden his options and enhance our policies.”

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According to an early writeup of the book by Bob Woodward of The Washington Post, Gates at times writes reverently about Clinton, who is expected to decide later this year whether to pursue a presidential bid.

“I found her smart, idealistic but pragmatic, tough-minded, indefatigable, funny, a very valuable colleague, and a superb representative of the United States all over the world,” Gates wrote.

At another point, Gates writes that both Clinton and President Barack Obama opposed the troop surge in Iraq out of concerns that it would negatively affect their 2008 presidential candidacies.

“Hillary told the president that her opposition to the [2007] surge in Iraq had been political because she was facing him in the Iowa primary,” writes Gates in his forthcoming memoir, according to the Woodward excerpt. “… The president conceded vaguely that opposition to the Iraq surge had been political. To hear the two of them making these admissions, and in front of me, was as surprising as it was dismaying.”

The White House took exception to Gates’ descriptions.

“It’s well-known that as a matter of principle and sound policy, President Obama opposed going to war in the first place, opposed the surge of forces, and then ended the war in Iraq as president,” a White House official wrote in an email. “Any suggestion to the contrary is simply wrong.”

While as a senator Clinton voted for military action in Iraq in 2003, during the 2008 primary she took a more dovish approach amid fierce criticism of the war from the left.

A spokesman for Clinton would not respond to POLITICO’s requests for comment.

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Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/robert-gates-memoir-hillary-clinton-101858.html#ixzz2qItGcLz3

Bangs: Hillary Clinton, pictured here with husband Bill at Bill De Blasio's inauguration as New York Mayor last week, is the subject of constant speculation over her political ambitions.
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Bangs: Hillary Clinton, pictured here with husband Bill at Bill De Blasio’s inauguration as New York Mayor last week, is the subject of constant speculation over her political ambitions

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Hillary Clinton is pictured. | AP Photo

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Hillary Clinton staked out her Iraq policy in late 2006 not on a military calculation, but based on how she could aid her soon-to-come presidential campaign, according to Gates' memoir.
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Hillary Clinton staked out her Iraq policy in late 2006 not on a military calculation, but based on how she could aid her soon-to-come presidential campaign, according to Robert Gates’ memoir
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