Hillary’s Hit List

Posted by Ruth O’Brien


Remember when Hillary raised over 50 million dollars and didn’t even spend it all? And she was in the Senate race to watch in 2000.  She was running as a carpetbagger while about to leave her role as First Lady.

I remember all this.  But what I remember most was what she did with the remainder of her war chest after being seated in the Senate. Rather than saving it for her next run for Senate, Hillary gave it to BFFOH’s (best future friends of Hillary). She gave part of her war chest to women running for office — not just the House or Senate (79 of the 435 representatives are now women), but other offices as well.

Well, what a surprise — Hillary shares, motivates, and governs like a woman.  (Or can I say she “runs like a girl”?) And that’s a good thing.

This means Hillary Clinton motivates people in terms of appealing (like a mom) to their good side. She shares what’s at the dinner table (probably cooking it herself) and then rules with reciprocity (rule and be ruled) and in good faith (the opposite of the politics of resentment and sabotage) after having done her homework (due diligence).

Of course, it’s not surprising that one chapter of what promises to be an interesting book talks about Hillary’s Hit List (giving a chapter title this nice alliteration), but who wouldn’t? At least we know that Hillary grades on a 7-point scale.  (Again going beyond the pale and doing more diligence than the regular old 4.00 GPA.)  And  if you’re on the right side of the scale you might even get a handwritten note, presumably on nice stationery, written by her senior staff, and signed with a flourish by your new BFF.

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About Ruth O'Brien

Professor Ruth O'Brien, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York (CUNY) & Honorary Unaffiliated Academic Book Series Editor for The Public Square, Princeton University Press & Heretical Thought, Oxford University Press, USA Last book: Out of Many, One: Obama & the Third American Political Tradition (U of Chicago 2013). Nickname: Professorette by Rush Limbaugh (see http://www.gc.cuny.edu/Faculty/Core-Bios/Ruth-O-Brien)

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