Eleanor Clift

Stories by Eleanor Clift

  • Life, Death and Politics: A Memoir of Courage

    It's never easy to see a spouse die, and grief is perhaps the most personal of experiences. Eleanor Clift learned both those lessons as she watched her husband, journalist Tom Brazaitis, fade away.
  • Clift:The Hillary I Know

    At a Washington hotel in the spring of 1992, I had tea with Hillary Clinton. I remember thinking that if it weren't for the tape recorder perched on the table between us, we could be friends. I really identified with her, her passion for the issues, her earnestness about doing good works. I defended her at every turn on "The McLaughlin Group."The moderator began calling me Eleanor Rodham Clift. Hillary and I would laugh about that, and after the Republican Revolution in 1994, she seemed genuinely concerned that I would pay a price for this sisterly solidarity. She has shown me other kindnesses as well. The day after my husband died following a long battle with cancer, Hillary called me at home. Her first words were, "Oh, Eleanor, oh, oh, oh." We talked about the vagaries of life, and how quickly things can slip away. Bill Clinton had undergone heart surgery the previous fall. He was getting his energy back, she said, but he was impatient. We talked awhile, and she told me when I was...
  • They Make Me Feel Super

    You've probably never heard of Debra Kozikowski, but Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama sure have. Since Super Tuesday, heavyweights from both campaigns have been wooing Kozikowski, a Massachusetts Democratic Party official. Obama enlisted her governor, Deval Patrick, to deliver a plea on the candidate's behalf, while Clinton asked party elder Harold Ickes to speak with her. Why the star treatment? Kozikowski is a "superdelegate," one of 796 politicians and party loyalists who get a vote for the nomination. This year their votes could make all the difference. In most presidential elections, one candidate racks up enough delegates in primaries and caucuses to capture the 2,025 needed to cinch the nomination; the superdelegates are mostly symbolic. But so far the primaries have yet to produce a clear winner—and as a result, those 796 "supers" suddenly have a lot more friends. (The Republican Party does not have superdelegates.)Louisiana superdelegate Claude (Buddy) Leach told NEWSWEEK...
  • Clift: Hillary’s New Persona

    Clinton has abandoned a controlled and cautious persona for a more passionate fighting version of herself. Will post-N.H. voters buy it?
  • Clift: Obama’s Universal Appeal

    Obama's appeal transcends race and party. His Iowa victory suggests that it may be possible to reclaim the national unity America has lost.