Last night, at Sidetrack, I ran into a guy named Max who was a good friend of mine from the Clinton campaign days. He’s someone who actually moved here to Chicago to work on the campaign and got to see much more of HRC and President Clinton themselves than I ever did. Max is a political animal and works one campaign after another — currently he’s working for one of the unannounced challengers for the Chicago Mayor’s race, and is going to help take Rahm Emanuel down.
Max, like me, used to be a Democrat. He, like me, was a dyed-in-the-wool, loyal party guy.
But, what the Obama campaign did to Hillary Clinton and her supporters — all the false accusations of racism, the voter fraud, the intimidation, the national media becoming an arm of the campaign — so disgusted him that he, in his words, said “f*** those people”.
Max sees the Democrat Party as a Leftist/Communist Party now and says he will do whatever he can to destroy it.
This is interesting to me because I haven’t talked to Max in a year and a half, and because he actually makes his living in politics, and has only worked Democrat politics, I assumed he’d return to the fold and keep his mouth shut just to keep food on the table.
“I still work for Demcorats,” he explained, “but no one who’s on the list”.
“What list?,” I asked him, already guessing.
“Those f***ers who stabbed Hillary in the back, like Jan Schakowsky, Rahm Emanuel, Claire McCaskill, all those f***ers. Almost everyone I know from the HRC days are working to destroy all of these people. They’re going to be primaried in 2012 if they survive this upcoming election. They are all going down. People no longer write checks to the party. People want payback for what they did in 2008. It was a big mistake to put Obama in there and do what they did to HRC and us. F*** them”.
Max is black, and gay, so it’s always fun to hear him rail against Obama. He and I worked the Wisconsin primary together, in what was a doomed and frustrating effort. We were on the ground there the day Michelle Antoinette made her famous “I’m proud of my country for the first time in my adult life” remarks. Max was even more revolted by that than I was.
Here’s what I learned from Max last night:
* Almost all of the HRC 2008 staffers he knows are, like him, working against people like Jan Schakowsky, Rahm Emanuel, and others because they are on “The List”…this is a list, that really exists, and is circulated amongst Clinton supporters, of all the people who wronged HRC in 2008. The list includes people like Claire McCaskill (who is targeted for defeat in 2012), Emanuel (who HRC supporters are going to prevent from becoming Mayor), Schakowsky (who HRC supporters are working against for her re-election…where she has the slimmest lead EVER in her political career), John Lewis (who called the Clintons racists and is now in the fight of his life in Georgia), and others.