Adding two and two together

Hillary and Bill Clinton keep a detailed “hit-list” of everyone who has crossed them during more than 20 years at the apex of American politics, a new book has claimed.

The list of so-called “sinners and saints” – including John Kerry, now secretary of state, and the late Ted Kennedy – was compiled on a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet in the dying days of Mrs Clinton’s losing bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.

The alleged “cheat-sheet” of betrayals – and there were many that year – ranked offenders on a scale from 1 to 7 and was compiled by aides to give the Clintons an instant database of those who deserved political favour, and those who did not.

“Almost six years later, most Clinton aides can still rattle off the names of traitors and the favors that had been done for them then provide details of just how each of the guilty had gone on to betray the Clintons as if it all had happened just a few hours before,” wrote the authors of HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton.

Hmm, OK, we’ve heard this sort of story before.

The crisis engulfing Chris Christiehas deepened, as the 2016 Republican presidential hopeful was accused of misusing millions of dollars from a storm relief fund to promote himself.

Federal investigators are looking into claims that the embattled New Jersey governor acted improperly by spending $4.7 million (£2.9 million) in public funds on TV advertisements in which he starred.

Hmm.

He’s one of the Republican front runners to challenge the presumed Hillary campaign in 2016. Is this a case of get your retaliation in early or am I adding up to five here?

27 thoughts on “Adding two and two together”

  1. And these people get to pass laws and manage the economy (to the extent that any government can manage the economy.

    I thought that all politicians were noble and served the public good. After all that is why the Courageous State makes so much sense!!

  2. This chimes with my feelings.

    This guy is a rising star. He looks good in verbal battles with his enemies. He has forged good relations across party lines. Seeed (although as a politician honesty and competence are always in doubt) honest and competent.

    It has all the hall marks of a smear campaign. What I was wondering was, who could be behind it.

    Worth watching. Much more so than Hollande’s pecadillos (although his current partner seems to have taken it all rather badly).

  3. Bilbaoboy,

    ” He has forged good relations across party lines. ”

    You might want to ask a Democrat in Jersey about that.

  4. Is Hilary seriously going to run again? I find that hard to believe.

    But regardless, knocking out leading republican candidates is something I would expect the Clints to do.

  5. As I understand it, and I have only followed this casually, Christie’s team facilitated traffic chaos on their roads as a way to punish the mayor on the other side of the bridge for not supporting him?

    If he knew about this he is toast.

    If he didn’t know about this, and what is more employed people who thought this was a good idea, he should be toast.

    If we ask one thing of politicians and bureaucrats, it’s that they at least try to make our lives easier by removing some of the grit in the oyster of our daily lives.

    I know they can’t really do much in this direction, but at least they should pay lip service to it,.

    When they actively fuck up those daily lives, for petty personal reasons, they should be dragged from their offices, whipped down the streets and run out of town.

  6. So Much For Subtlety

    Interested – “If he didn’t know about this, and what is more employed people who thought this was a good idea, he should be toast.”

    There is a wealth of evidence that the Democratic White House tried to make the shut down as painful as possible. Even to the extent of threatening people who pulled over to the side of the road to look at Mount Rushmore.

    Of course the media doesn’t care about that one bit.

    When the media spends seventeen times longer on this scandal in one day than they have spent on the IRS scandal in six months, you know you are dealing with a serious problem of media bias.

  7. @ SMFS
    The Democrats are expected to play dirty but scream if any Republican does.
    “Gerrymander” and “Tammany Hall” have passed into the language.

  8. I don’t think you’ve come up with five – we are talking about Barack Obama and Eric Holder here, after all – but the fact that both Democrats and Republicans amongst the political and chattering classes consider Chris Christie a viable presidential candidate simply shows you how disconnected they are from reality (as it exists in flyover territory). Anyone that thinks Christie’s act could play in places like Ohio, Mississippi or South Dakota is delusional. The other factor presently being ignored is the fact that Christie alienated the conservative wing of the Republican party when he chose to snuggle up to BO and diss Mitt Romney during the last presidential campaign season. The fact the both BO and HRC seem to think Christie is a big problem tells you all you need to know about HRC’s 2016 chances (and BO’s political acumen): Christie’s nothing more than an east coast blowhard… and that ain’t what the peasants are looking for.

  9. You think it’s only the Clintons looking to attack Christie? There’s loads of people on the left who will jump at any chance to get him, loads in the media, quite a few on the right, and even Christie himself is pretty good at undermining his own chances.

  10. “I’m compiling a list of everyone whose fecked me over down the years. Now John Kerry: No, he should be under Liars rather than Twats”.

  11. SMFS – granted Obama is worse, but I expect that of them whereas Christie at least pretends to be on the right side. Plus ‘we fucked people up less than they did’ / it’s all the media is a shoddy argument anyway.

  12. I also highly doubt whether Christie is much more than the average left trending machine RINO, and he’s also too fat. If you can’t control your own eating how can you control govt spending? Only slightly sarcastic.

  13. Mmmm… Tactical smearing.
    Does raise an interesting question.
    Does one use one’s UKIP bombshell before the Euroelections, to deter a strong UKIP result. Or save it to the run up the the General to reduce their influence on that outcome..
    Ammunition can only be fired once.
    Must be serious headscratching going on with any possessors of ammunition…

  14. Interested – I tend to trust fat guys more than I do ones with a lean and hungry look. The fat man is more likely to be a fun-loving hedonist.

  15. “Interested – I tend to trust fat guys more than I do ones with a lean and hungry look. The fat man is more likely to be a fun-loving hedonist.”

    Have you seen Richard Murphy’s “fat twat” photos?

  16. Dennis the Peasant,

    “when he chose to snuggle up to BO and diss Mitt Romney during the last presidential campaign season.”

    Is this his praise of Obama for releasing federal funds for New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy killed 37 people and damaged hundreds of thousands of houses in the state, or did he do something worse than that?

  17. The enemies list is INTERNAL enemies. That’s why it’s creepy. Christie is an outsider, so doesn’t really count.

  18. I don’t distrust fat people who get fat on their own back. I distrust fat politicians.

    Mind you, come to think about it, I distrust thin ones and medium sized ones too.

  19. Talking of enemy lists, the asymmetric media coverage of BridgeGate v IRSGate is down to the Dems thinking Christie’s the Republican presidential front runner. He’s not – refusing to endorse Romney at the RNC and staging the Sandy hugfest with Obama put him top of the Repub of enemy list.

  20. So Much For Subtlety

    Thomas Gibbon – “Talking of enemy lists, the asymmetric media coverage of BridgeGate v IRSGate is down to the Dems thinking Christie’s the Republican presidential front runner. He’s not – refusing to endorse Romney at the RNC and staging the Sandy hugfest with Obama put him top of the Repub of enemy list.”

    Chris Christie polls well. I mean I would have thought he was utterly unelectable. But he is polling ahead of Hilary and most potential Republicans. The question is whether the Base hate him more than Hilary or will allow the media to shame them into voting for a woman to correct the historic injustice etc etc etc.

    In the meantime, the Obama administration’s thuggishness continues. They are investigating Christie for spending of the hurricane aid money. On whose behalf? Local New Jersey Democrats of course:

    In the new probe, federal auditors will examine New Jersey’s use of $25 million in Sandy relief funds for a marketing campaign to promote tourism at the Jersey Shore after Sandy decimated the state’s coastline in late 2012, New Jersey Democratic Rep. Frank Pallone told CNN.

    In an August letter, Pallone asked the Department of Housing and Urban Development inspector general to look into how Christie chose to spend the marketing money approved by the department.

    The inspector general’s office has replied to CNN’s request for comment on the investigation.

    They want to get him.

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