The Hill List: Clintons Ranked Democratic Friends and Foes
As one of the most influential Democrats, how do you keep track of friends and foes? If you’re the Clintons, you arrange them in a Dante’s Inferno-worthy spreadsheet, with ratings from one to seven. Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes describe how the system worked in their upcoming book, HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton. After Hillary Clinton’s presidential hopes were extinguished in 2008, an Excel spreadsheet was crafted, detailing the actions of every Democratic member of Congress, and where their allegiances laid during the primary.
People with a “one” next to their name were in the good graces of the Clinton team, while those with a seven had acted in a manner that drew ire and distrust. According to the book, ”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 Hill published an excerpt of the book, which explains the impetus for the list. “We wanted to have a record of who endorsed us and who didn’t,” said a member of Hillary’s campaign team, “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.”’