Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Clinton Supporters Work on Enemies List

Now that the campaign is officially suspended Bill and Hillary and their supporters have some time on their hands to reflect on the race for the Democrat Party nomination, Mark Leibovich reports in the New York Times that supporters of the former first couple have been making a list of who did right and who did wrong to the Clintons.

Leibovich cites Clinton insider Doug Band's storied scorekeeping of friends and enemies of Bill and Hill in the wake of the primary race. Leibovich writes, 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.

Mr. Band, who declined to comment, is hardly alone in tallying those considered to have crossed the former candidate or the former president in recent months by supporting Mr. Obama. 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.

Based on the names mentioned in the article the short list for Clinton "traitor" A-lister would have to lead off with New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson who served as Energy Secretary and later United Nations ambassador under the administration of President Bill Clinton. Richardson had tilted markedly toward Hillary in the early stages of the campaign but shifted in the last minutes Other notables cited as "charter members" in the top-tier list of Clinton enemies are Matt Drudge, and MSNBC hosts Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann. Select members of the DNC rules committee would have to be included in the list.

I prefer to think of the Clintons during this time as the cute couple depicted in this early video released by Hillary's campaign during the early stages of her run for the White House.

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