What the 'Stop Hillary' campaign looks like, so far
As Hillary Clinton launches her 2016 presidential bid, the anti-Hillary movement is shifting into high gear. Å top trend on Twitter: #WhyImNotVotingForHillary
Barely had Hillary Rodham Clinton announced her candidacy for 2016 than the political machinery to stop her shifted into high gear.
From six-figure advertising and social media campaigns to books and movies, the anti-Hillary movement has sprung to life, gearing up to stop the presumed Democratic frontrunner from becoming the next president.
Republican operatives "have been at work for many months already seeking every possible means to denigrate and demean Hillary Rodham Clinton," writes the New York Daily News' Joe Conason.
Mrs. Clinton, who is already expected to win the Democratic nomination, will be a formidable opponent to whomever captures the GOP's nomination. Her name recognition, experience, fundraising potential, and party connections are unmatched, which is why the GOP has united in a common cause to derail her.
"The early onslaught — a battery of opposition research, snarky videos and even an upcoming feature film — reflects Republicans’ desire to use a common opponent to unite their ranks, which have fractured as the GOP has stumbled in the past two presidential elections," writes the Washington Post's Robert Costa.
Among the barrage coming Clinton's way is a six-figure advertising campaign reportedly backed by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus that will focus on stopping Hillary's bid for the presidency, as reported by the Post.
Already, the RNC has been airing a web ad that seeks to cast doubt about donations from foreign countries to the Clinton Foundation, as well as Clinton's use of a private "homebrewed" e-mail account while serving at the State Department.
On social media, campaigns such as #StopHillary and #WhyImNotVotingForHillary have sought to keep the anti-Hillary momentum going, and to bring thousands of Americans on board.
Traditional media is also getting in on the anti-Hillary action. GOP consultant Roger J. Stone is at work on a book, "The Clintons’ War on Women," about how the Clintons handled the Monica Lewinsky scandal, and to poke holes in Clinton's likely 2016 strategy of spotlighting her pro-women's rights agenda. The book is expected to hit shelves this summer.
There's even a movie: According to reports, David Bossie, president of Citizens United, has started pre-production on a movie that will “dive into her time as secretary of state and then what I call Clinton Global Inc., the crony capitalism of her and her husband," as Mr. Bossie told the Post. It is a sequel to his film, "Hillary: The Movie," which dropped during her 2008 run.
Voters can also look out for HillaryWatch.com, a website that will catalog Clinton’s policy positions, as well as a series of scalding articles by the right-wing Washington Free Beacon.
"This week, political reporters will be mailed flash drives, labeled 'Clinton E-mail Files,' stocked with documents, videos and research material," Sean Spicer, the RNC’s chief political adviser, told the Washington Post.
Of course, there is the chance that the anti-Hillary campaign will backfire. Voters may tire of the onslaught of negative media, or they may view the GOP as insensitive to women.
It's a risk the party appears willing to take. As the campaign adage goes, the stronger the candidate, the more intense the opposition.
And no potential Democratic candidate is seen as strong as Clinton is today.
As Mr. Spicer told the Post, “The Democratic Party has chosen to coronate Clinton, and we’ve been singularly focused on her."