The Democratic Presidential Primary has moved into surreal territory. Last Tuesday, Hillary Clinton won a landslide victory in West Virginia beating Barack Obama by over 40 points. Yet the state of the race hasn’t really changed. Obama still has an insurmountable delegate lead. She may win Kentucky but he is poised to win Oregon and slowly but surely march toward the nomination. Hillary can enjoy her victory and promise to press on, but surely she must know that the game is over.
Hillary may not be ready to admit the reality, but I am. When we began StopHerNow.com’s campaign to educate America, Hillary was the inevitable candidate, the prohibitive favorite and assumed nominee, who could raise millions of dollars and who had both the name recognition and the establishment backing. Her plan was to steamroll to early victories and put the upstart Obama in his place.
StopHerNow.com was designed to derail this coronation. Using humor and satire we hoped to remind people why they disliked the Clintons and educate Americans as to why Hillary would be disastrous for America. We would highlight her liberal positions and her long history of distortion and subterfuge – her willingness to do whatever and say whatever it takes to win.
Well, a funny thing happened along the way: some of Hillary’s biggest enemies turned out not to come from the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy but from liberal Democrats and their fellow travelers in the media.
At the start of the race SHN was seen as a slimy “Swift Boat” type attack machine prepared to destroy Hillary with scurrilous and unfounded accusations. But once Obama became the front runner and thus the recipient of the Clinton style campaign tactics, it was the left that was complaining the loudest about Hillary and bemoaning her lack of ethics, her scorched earth style, and her willingness to destroy the party to win.
While liberals had the scales fall from their eyes, conservatives discovered a new found respect for the former first lady despite her now openly leftist policies. Suddenly, Stop Her Now was a slogan liberal pundits, Obama supporters, and – to be redundant – the media could get behind while Rush Limbaugh and others saw Hillary as a useful tool to sow discord and chaos among the Democrats.
This is not to say that the site failed. I think it played a part in Hillary’s undoing; just to a different audience. It was never our intention to get caught up in who was the most vulnerable candidate in the general election or to attempt Machiavellian games to prolong the Democratic primary fight (however advantageous that might be).