Lest you make the mistake of assuming that only Republicans deal out political retribution, Save Jerseyans, probably because you’ve been watching far too much MSNBC, here’s a reminder that the likely Democrat nominee in 2016 is a Machiavellian virtuoso.
Politico’s Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes published a piece on Sunday evening detailing an alleged Clinton political “hit list,” in spreadsheet form, categorizing politicians based upon whether they betrayed Hilldawg by endorsing Barack Obama in 2008. A familiar New Jersey name made an appearance:
“There was a special circle of Clinton hell reserved for people who had endorsed Obama or stayed on the fence after Bill and Hillary had raised money for them, appointed them to a political post or written a recommendation to ice their kid’s application to an elite school. On one early draft of the hit list, each Democratic member of Congress was assigned a numerical grade from 1 to 7, with the most helpful to Hillary earning 1s and the most treacherous drawing 7s. The set of 7s included Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), as well as Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Baron Hill (D-Ind.) and Rob Andrews (D-N.J.).” [Emphasis Added.]
Rep. Andrews’s comments of June 3, 2008 apparently sealed his fate in Clinton purgatory:
“There have been signals coming out of the Clinton campaign that have racial overtones that indeed disturb me. … I had a private conversation with a high-ranking person in the campaign … that used a racial line of argument that I found very disconcerting.”