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Shrum Says Bill Cheated on Hillary at Pamela Harriman’s House

From Bob Shrum’s book, No Excuses: Concessions of a Serial Campaigner p. 210-211:

Clinton announced in October and stories like this, accurate or not, were everywhere with political insiders and the press. Pamela Harriman told me she’d always liked Clinton, admired his political skills, but frankly, he had “a zipper problem.” She recalled how he’d stayed over at her Georgetown home several times, and on one occasion come in late with a woman and they spent the night together. Pamela was hardly a prude, but she was angry with Clinton: it was reckless, just the kind of thing that destroyed Gary Hart. She knew Hillary well and she didn’t like her own home being used that way.”

Page 212:

I ran into Don Sweitzer, a Democratic operative who was close to DNC chairman Ron Brown. Naturally, we started talking about the coming presidential race. He told me that at a recent party confab, Bill Clinton had spied Ron Brown’s daughter in the audience, didn’t know who she was, and tried to pick her up — or as Sweitzer put it, “hit” on her.

It turns out Shrum repeating what Sweitzer told him to George McGovern would have major aftershocks. Page 223:

The enmity, I discovered, was real. When Carville suggested that I be brought on board after Kerrey’s withdrawal, Hillary had responded with an angry no and then stopped talking to him for several days. “James was sent to Siberia,” Begala told me afterwards.

Gee, why would anyone be nervous about this marriage being back in the White House?
UPDATE: Page 368:
“That was a helpful way to put it.” — Al Gore, “acidly” reacting to Bill Clinton’s declaration that Gore was the “next best thing” to four more years of a Clinton Presidency.
Page 443:
“The only thing the Clintons care about is themselves and power.” — John Kerry to Bob Shrum, less than a year after the 2004 elections.
Page 453-454:

But there were two other clear possibilities [for Kerry’s running mate]: Dick Gephardt and Hillary Clinton. Kerry was ready to partner with Clinton if it was the way to win, but he doubted it was
[Bill] Richardson’s prospects were shadowed by alleged womanizing. Publicly reluctant, he coveted the publicity of being considered, but withdrew before the process was finished.
A quiet round of polling helped guide the search. Hillary Clinton had high negatives – she would hurt the ticket.

Sadly, Shrum mistakenly credits NBC News with the scoop that Edwards had been picked, when your friendly neighborhood Kerry Spot had, four hours earlier, reported that a witness at the airport in Pittsburgh said that “Kerry-Edwards” was being painted on the campaign plane.

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