“As the Obama bandwagon has swelled, so have the lists of people Clinton loyalists regard as some variation of “ingrate,” “traitor” or “enemy,” according to the associates and campaign officials, who would speak only on condition of anonymity.”
— MARK LEIBOVICH, New York Times
Those wondering what Hillary Clinton is going to do with herself, now that she’s no longer campaigning for the first time since January 2007, would do well to check out today’s New York Times. Those Loyal to the Clintons Take Note of Who Was Not addresses both the Clintons and Enemy List v7.0.
Mark Leibovich notes the Clintons have long memories when it comes to remembering those who turned on them.
Who is doing all this heavy remembering work? Leibovich starts with Doug Band, chief gatekeeper to former President Bill Clinton.
Mr. Band keeps close track of the past allies and beneficiaries of the Clintons who supported Mr. Obama’s campaign, three Clinton associates and campaign officials said. Indeed, he is widely known as a member of the Clinton inner circle whose memory is particularly acute on the matter of who has been there for the couple — and who has not.
“The Clintons get hundreds of requests for favors every week,” said Terry McAuliffe, the chairman of Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign. “Clearly, the people you’re going to do stuff for in the future are the people who have been there for you.”
Who is on the latest version of the Clinton Enemies List?
Several names and entities are common among various list makers. The lineup invariably begins with A-list members like Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico; Representative James E. Clyburn of South Carolina, the House Democratic whip; Gregory B. Craig, Mr. Clinton’s lawyer in his impeachment and trial; David Axelrod, Mr. Obama’s chief strategist; Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri; and several Kennedys. Some members of the Democratic Party’s rules committee, the state of Iowa and the caucus system in general are also near the top.
P.J. O’Rourke wrote about a possible Clinton’s “Enemies List” in American Spectator’s Enemies List: A Vigilant Journalist’s Plea for a Renewed Red Scare. The American Spectator was certainly on the first national Clinton’s Enemy List.
Reminding readers that the NY Times considers the matter an in-house affair, Leibovich slips in a catty observation about Matt Drudge, “who had the nerve to show up at Mrs. Clinton’s departure speech on Saturday”–as if Clinton naysayers had to get Hillary or Bill’s permission to cover her press conference (speech).
Leibovich quotes Susie Tompkins Buell, a co-founder of the Esprit clothing company and a longtime friend of the Clintons who describes herself as “a soul sister” to Mrs. Clinton.
“I won’t forget these people.”
When asked to name “these people,” Ms. Buell specifies “all the women who sold out Hillary.”
The Democrat electorate turned to Hillary Clinton–a woman who over 50% of Americans say they would never vote for–after becoming acquainted with Barack Obama’s past and present friends, advisers and history. Clinton is at this moment campaigning for the 2012 and 2016 Democrat presidential nomination–maybe even the 2020 one.
Expect to see more people turn on the Clintons, the further we get from Bill Clinton’s administration.
Also expect that the Clinton’s Enemy List will undergo many more future revisions.
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* Those Loyal to the Clintons Take Note of Who Was Not
* Clintons: Bill, Hillary Busy Making New Enemies List