Published December 20, 2015
The Clintons are known for holding grudges against their political enemies. But according to a new book, their aides went so far as to build a formal spreadsheet rating their friends and foes.
The so-called "hit list" reportedly was entered into a Microsoft Excel document at the end of Hillary Clinton's unsuccessful 2008 presidential bid. In one draft, Democrats in Congress were even given a rating, from 1 to 7, with 7 being the worst.
The details were reported Monday in The Hill and Politico, excerpted from the forthcoming book, "HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton."
According to the report, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.; Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.; Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.; and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., were among those to earn a score of 7 on the list.
The list of who's naughty and who's nice -- in their eyes -- was largely based on who endorsed then-candidate Barack Obama in 2008, who endorsed Clinton and who sat out the race.
Others to earn the Clintons' scorn were Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., who delivered a significant early endorsement to Obama in the 2008 race.
The list was made not just to keep track of those who betrayed the family, but also to keep track of those who did right by them, for the purpose of returning political favors.
The book was written by Politico's Jonathan Allen and The Hill's Amie Parnes.