Allies Hang Clintons Out to Dry

Game Change strikes without comment from Clinton machine
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2010 10:32 AM CST
Secretary of State-designate Hillary Rodham Clinton is seen with her husband, former President Bill Clinton before the inaugural prayer service, Jan. 21, 2009.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

(Newser) – The vaunted Clinton Machine has been notably silent since the release of Game Change, a damning sign that the sources that so savage Bill and Hillary in the book are indeed former staffers and loyalists. Ben Smith of Politico emailed many of the senior aides referred to in the book, and drew no contradictions, with many offering tepid statements of support and saying they hadn’t read the book.

A few loyalists did stand with Clinton: Mark Penn spoke passionately of his respect for the Clintons, and James Carville called Patti Solis Doyle “a likely suspect” for “80%” of the book’s content. But many, many more didn’t; one top aide said it was the first time the Clinton’s innermost circle had deserted them. “Everybody talked,” the aide said. “Anybody that tells you they didn’t are lying to you.”

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