Hillary haters take center stage

Prowling the Internet, spilling venom on blogs and dominating the airwaves on conservative talk radio, “Hillary haters” are back and out in force as 2008 presidential nominating contests loom.

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton is sparking the same waves of vitriol in the conservative echo chamber that burst forth during her husband Bill Clinton’s eight years in the White House.

Just 37 days before the leadoff Iowa caucuses, Clinton remains a lightning rod, targeted again by enemies who hounded her as first lady but adored by supporters backing her potentially historic campaign.

Clinton is the target of a daily ouburst of vitriol on blogs, branded a “communist,” “Satan,” “Jezabel,” “Lady Macbeth” and a “female Stalin.”

One group, dubbed “Stop Hillary Now” is trying to recruit hundreds of millions of anti-Clinton activists through the online networking site Facebook.

With Christmas approaching, what do you get the “Hillary hater” who has everything — how about a tree ornament of her as a devil, or tee shirts with a similar design from web based vendor Cafepress.

Clinton has been an object of anger since her husband’s 1992 White House campaign, provoking the ire of anti-feminists and conservatives which is being whipped up again as she strives to be America’s first woman president.

“It is a carry over from the Clinton administration — a group of people, who for a variety of reasons find her very polarizing, don’t like her personality,” said Dean Spiliotes, a New Hampshire political expert.

“She and her husband encapsulate a whole approach, an ideology regarding government they do not like, a larger broader cultural war that goes back to the 1960s,” he said.

Clinton’s corps of high profile enemies on the airwaves include populist conservative radio hosts like Glenn Beck, who has branded her “Satan.”

Another popular conservative radio host Sean Hannity, has dubbed his show the “Stop Hillary Express.”

Clinton, a veteran of the fiercely partisan war raging through US politics, has in the past lambasted the “vast right-wing conspiracy” targeting her and her husband.

But the fierce attacks against her may amount to a back-handed compliment — testimony to a hardnosed, highly competent campaign, and a formidable politician.

Clinton has also tried to turn the ire of what she calls the “Republican attack machine” to her advantage, saying she knows how to beat the hardball tactics.

She has equated rising attacks from her Democratic rivals, including Senator Barack Obama and former vice presidential nominee John Edwards, to negative Republican tactics.

“I have absorbed a lot of attacks, my opponents have basically had a free reign,” she told CBS News in an interview on Monday.

Kim Gandy, president of the feminist National Organization for Women, believes that Clinton is a victim of her success.

“Clinton’s road to the top has been paved with published gender stereotypes and broadcast sexist overtones,” Gandy said.

“Some of it may be caused by gender but a lot of it the ramping up that we are sensing now is perhaps driven by the fact that there is a real possibility she might the actual nominee.

“(But) the only thing that scares Clinton’s opponents and the media more than her running for president — is her closeness to actually winning it.”

No conversation about Clinton and her electoral prospects is complete without mentioning her “negatives” — personal unfavorable poll ratings which some Democrats fear could drive Republicans to the polls in record numbers.

Despite that however, Clinton’s favorable ratings are also high, reflecting her high visibility as a public figure. And people tend to either love her, or hate her.

A USA Today poll in October gave Clinton a 53 percent favorable approval rating, compared to a 44 percent unfavorable rating.

And despite polls showing the race narrowing in key states ahead of the Iowa caucuses on January 3, Clinton still leads nationwide in almost every significant opinion survey of the Democratic field.

4 Responses to "Hillary haters take center stage"

  1. Nogood  November 28, 2007 at 5:31 am

    Just look at her “haters”. A bunch of mentally unbalanced mad “dogs”. Think I am wrong? Just look at Sean Hannity, need I say more?

    I have no intention of voting for Hillary, matter of fact, I have no intention of even voting. As I have stated, the whole system is so corrupt and at my age, I am through with politics. But I will defend Hillary against the “mad, crazies”.

  2. Sandra Price  November 28, 2007 at 8:24 am

    Hillary Clinton has made no bones about the subject of individual choices for Americans. This terrified the Christians who want only biblical standards taught in their public schools. Anyone who has tried to get through the bible will find so many laws ignored by the writers of the books in the New Testament. Teaching discipline to children must involve the threat of hell and damnation and Senator Clinton will never go along with this kind of thing; nor would I.

    I remember when Hillary was first lady and met with the leaders of several Teacher’s Associations and Unions and she laid out plans that could only be called “social engineering” and certainly not for all American families. The answer to our education deficiencies cannot be repaired by changing the school academics to fit the students.

    My neighborhood is starting to show bumper stickers saying “Anyone but Hillary” and I have been tempted to ask them why? In this area it depends on who would be the first to amend the Constitution to put women in prison for sinning. These loud voiced opinions detest homosexuals as they are a threat to the marriages of America. Something has to be the reason 51% of our marriages fail; so why not the homosexuals? They have so much more fun!

    2008 will be the year, the voters tell the government that they will either be searching for socialism with welfare for everyone, or a return to the limited government, individual freedoms and personal responsibilities. My money is on Socialism; my vote is not!

    America has lost her independence by mounting a deficit that sits in the middle of Chinese commerce. Without Capitalism based on Americans owning their own product manufacturing and customer service we are no longer a free nation. We have no place to go but down. Clinton Socialism will win the election whether it is Hillary or Barak.

  3. Walter F. Wouk  November 28, 2007 at 9:13 am

    “Slick Willy” and “Hillary Dearest” transformed the Democratic Party into a craven corp of
    collaborators that allowed a superannuated frat-boy to play at “war.”

    What’s not to hate?

  4. Jeffers  November 28, 2007 at 9:30 am

    As a “mentally unbalanced mad dog” I dislike the Clintons because of how they operated. I watched them walk all over Tsongas, lying about him to seniors in Florida (talk about disenfranchisement) and then “support” women’s rights, while trashing and abusing actual women.

    Where was the National Organization of Women then? Now they support her as their great hope for the White House. They are not a group for women, they are a group for liberal policy, just like the League of Women Voters has become in many places.

    Hilary has not true accomplishments. She doesn’t remember any of the law cases she worked on (and billed clients for). Her healthcare policy was cloaked in secrecy during it’s research, and wisely so. It was true socialism. That’s what she will bring back. She never like Bill’s welfare reform. They have wisely ignored that topic.

    This is not an accomplished, experienced woman. Nor is she a leader.

    If you want a race, get Obama. If you wanted a race before, you would have picked Dean. That would have been a race of ideas.

    Sorry, but “the victim” won’t play with the masses.

    Peace without freedom is still slavery.

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