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Off to the races: The Hillary Hit List

The Hill and Politico report on a Hillary Clinton “hit list” from the 2008 campaign of people who didn’t endorse her: “As one of the last orders of business for a losing campaign, they recorded in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet the names and deeds of members of Congress. They carefully noted who had endorsed Hillary, who backed Barack Obama, and who stayed on the sidelines—standard operating procedure for any high-end political organization. But the data went into much more nuanced detail. … For Hillary, whose loss was not the end of her political career, the spreadsheet was a necessity of modern political warfare, an improvement on what old-school politicians called a favor file. It meant that when asks rolled in, she and Bill would have at their fingertips all the information needed to make a quick decision—including extenuating, mitigating, and amplifying factors—so that friends could be rewarded and enemies punished.” 

Marco Rubio says Obama was “emboldening the Taliban” by announcing an exit date from Afghanistan.

Former New Hampshire Republican Sen. Judd Gregg has some advice for his fellow Republicans: “If the goal is to actually capture the attention of the American people beyond those on the right who live in a perpetual world of conspiracy and the language of ‘no,’ it might be time to consider going positive.” He calls for passing immigration reform, approving Pell Grants for online institutions, and expand oil drilling leases and use the funds to improve national parks and increase infrastructure spending. And, he says, stop mentioning Obama.

FLORIDA: “More than a dozen operatives and officials from both parties interviewed by Politico were almost unanimous that Democrat Alex Sink, her party’s 2010 nominee for Florida governor, has emerged as the unambiguous favorite in the race. The primary, in which Sink has run unopposed as a group of Republicans have slugged it out, is on Tuesday. … Among Republicans there is unhappiness with the candidates in Tuesday’s GOP primary and disappointment that many of the party’s best and brightest who long had been thought of as successors to Young didn’t run." 

MAINE: Politico dubs Gov. Paul LePage “America’s Craziest Governor.”

NEW JERSEY: Steve Lonegan (R), who ran unsuccessfully against Cory Booker for the Senate special election, is running for NJ-3 the moderate, suburban Philadelphia district formerly held by John Runyan (R) and before that a Democrat. Republicans are annoyed with Lonegan’s candidacy given his hardline stances don’t line up cleanly with this district.

TEXAS: John Cornyn’s (R) up with his first ad, and Roll Call writes, “Judging by his second ad, Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas is running against President Barack Obama instead of his primary challenger, Rep. Steve Stockman.”