The new book "Game Change" has Harry Reid in hot water because of his racially insensitive comments about Barack Obama. Gannett columnist and South Dakota native Chuck Raasch pointed out in a Saturday column that the book also contains some new revelations about the relationship between Tom Daschle and the Clintons:
Former Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle, the authors wrote, "considered Hillary an icy prima donna; her husband (who after exiting the White House often called Daschle, imploring him for help in burnishing his legacy) a narcissist on an epic scale; the dynamic between the couple, bizarre; their treatment of their friends, unforgivably manipulative and disloyal.
"For Daschle," Halperin and Heilemann wrote, "Clinton fatigue wasn’t simply a political analysis. It was personal."
Daschle, who withdrew as Obama’s Health and Human Services secretary over tax problems, says that’s an inaccurate depiction of his relationship with the Clintons, but he would not comment further on the relationship.
Heilemann and Halperin wrote that Hillary Clinton viewed Daschle as "ineffectual and weak, a bush-leaguer in a big league job, and his loss (in South Dakota in 2004) had only confirmed her earlier verdict.