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January 13, 2014

Shock: Hillary Kept "Hit List" of People Who Didn't Endorse Her; Ranked People on "Loyalty Scale" from 1 to 7

This isn't the Hillary Rodham Clinton I know.

This is from a book called HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton:

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.

...

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, 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.).

Yet even a 7 didn’t seem strong enough to quantify the betrayal of some onetime allies.

So, how does MSNBC spin this?

I'll give you a little time to guess. Answer below the fold.



If you guessed "criticizing a female politician for having an Enemies List is sexist because no male politician has ever been so criticized," you win.

If you actually guessed someone would say "there's a gendered element here," I don't know whether you win for prescience or lose for having a head filled with progressive buzzwords and nonsense.

By the way, even as MSNBC claims that no one cares if a man with a penis has an enemies list, at all, ever, the channel enters the 88th hour of its special coverage of...

BRIDGEGATE APOCALYPSE OMEGA

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