GOP hawks agitating to 'Swift-boat' Clinton
Published: Saturday February 17, 2007
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Although GOP hawks are preparing to "Swift-boat" Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), the Democratic presidential candidate believes that she knows how the "Republican machine" thinks and can stop them, according to an article in Saturday's L.A. Times.

"Old enemies of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton are out in force," Stephen Braun writes. "Just weeks after she joined the Democratic Party's flock of presidential contenders, Clinton is being targeted by conservative and Republican-allied activists intent on derailing her campaign before the start of next year's primaries."

Braun reports that "a flurry of planned projects" include "a Michael Moore-style documentary film, book-length exposes, and websites such as and"

"Conservative admirers of the Swift Vets and POWs for Truth media blitz that helped torpedo Democratic Sen. John F. Kerry's presidential candidacy in 2004 are now agitating to 'Swift-boat' Clinton," Braun writes.

The paper reports that one Dallas business man, Dick Collins, "gave $235,000 in seed money," and also "donated $20,000 to GOP presidential hopeful Rudolph W. Giuliani's political action committee."'s self-proclaimed aim is to "rescue the world from the radical ideas of Hillary Clinton," through "news, cartoons and jokes."

Other Clinton "enemies" highlighted in the article include veteran Republican operative David N. Bossie and Fox News Channel regular Dick Morris, "the architect of Bill Clinton's mid-1990s political revival until he was fired in August 1996 after revelations he consorted with a prostitute."

Excerpts from article:


The New York senator has been publicly bracing for "Republican machine" attacks from the moment she launched her exploratory committee last month. Whether she can strike back quickly may prove crucial to winning over Democratic primary voters looking for assurance that she can survive a bruising general election and Swift-boat-style attacks.


At a recent Democratic National Committee gathering in Washington, Clinton told party officials, "I know how they think, how they act and how to defeat them" a battle call echoing her 1998 evocation of a "vast right-wing conspiracy" during the furor over her husband's affair with intern Monica S. Lewinsky.


Clinton campaign insiders say Web-savvy staffers are immersed in monitoring suspected enemy blogs and websites and conservative cable TV and radio talk shows. Clinton also reportedly spent lavishly to hire a large team of opposition researchers headed by Judd Legum, previously research director for the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank headed by former Clinton White House chief of staff John Podesta.

Clinton allies say she helped launch Podesta's group in 2003 and played a key role in starting Media Matters for America, which describes itself as "monitoring, analyzing and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media." Run by David Brock, a former right-wing muckraker who once targeted the Clintons and now defends them, Media Matters was a latecomer to the Swift-boat volleys of 2004 but now has a full staff of researchers.