Hillary Clinton is threatening former advisers now working with Barak Obama.
Hillary also is using convicted thief, Sandy Berger, as one of her closest advisers.
Sept. 17, 2007 issue – They were devotees of the cult of Clinton. Greg Craig was Bill Clinton’s lawyer, defending him on TV against impeachment charges. Susan Rice was a protégée of Madeleine Albright, the 42nd president’s secretary of State. Anthony Lake was Clinton’s personal foreign-policy consigliere, his first-term national-security adviser. Now, however, Craig, Rice and Lake are all top advisers to Hillary Clinton’s main rival, Barack Obama. In an increasingly bitter fight for the best and brightest policy advisers of Clinton’s presidency, these defectors are aggressively recruiting junior- and midlevel officials from his administration.
That’s provoked anger in Hillary’s camp—and, Obama aides charge, threats of retaliation if she wins the nomination. “The word some people are hearing is, ‘You’re making a big mistake. If Barack Obama wins, he’ll welcome all into his administration. But if Hillary wins, that’s not going to be the case’,” says a midlevel Obama adviser who would speak about infighting only on the condition of anonymity. The main Hillary enforcer has been Richard Holbrooke, Bill Clinton’s former U.N. ambassador (and an aspiring secretary of State), says a senior adviser to Obama, who would also discuss personnel matters only anonymously. “I have had at least two people directly tell me they had been told by Holbrooke if they went with Obama, the Hillary people would not forget and forgive,” says the adviser, refusing to identify them.
…Younger former Clintonites are gravitating to Obama for many reasons. They like him because he doesn’t seem to represent the old Washington, D.C., game—and because they admire his strong opposition to the Iraq War, in contrast to Hillary’s early support. They are also wary of what one describes as Hillary’s “closed circle,” including her husband and a triumvirate of senior officials from his presidency—Holbrooke, Albright and former national-security adviser Sandy Berger. “There is a sense, consciously or subconsciously, that we don’t want to just go back to the same team: Holbrooke, Sandy, Madeleine … the same people having the same arguments about who’s going to be in the room,” says the midlevel Obama adviser.
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