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A Glimpse at Hillary Clinton’s ‘Favor File’ and Enemies List



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Politico offers a glimpse into the mindset of the Hillary Clinton campaign machine this morning:

As one of the last orders of business for a losing campaign, [top Hillary presidential campaign staffers] recorded in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet the names and deeds of members of Congress. They carefully noted who had endorsed Hillary, who had backed Obama, and who had stayed on the sidelines — standard operating procedure for any high-end political organization. But the data went into much more nuanced detail. “We wanted to have a record of who endorsed us and who didn’t,” a member of Hillary’s campaign team said, “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.”

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.

I wonder if the Benghazi attackers have made the enemies list yet.

Remember, Hillary’s friends are convinced she’s going to run in 2016 as the outsider who’s going to change the culture of Washington, a national version of Pope Francis. Really.


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