“If you’re a Clinton backer looking for even more edge, there’s a place you can go: HillaryIs44.org, an anonymously-maintained website that serves as a hub for information about Clinton’s rivals and as an organizing vehicle for some of her supporters.”
Here is a place where I am at home.
Here I found friends I’ve never known,
Dreaming my dreams,
Sharing my pains, joys, defeats and triumphs.
And here lives the one great friend to us all,
Affectionately called, “admin.”
Who is “admin?”
“… readers appear not to know the identity of the site’s creator, which is an engaging mystery. The creator (or creators) posts as “admin” and as “staff,” and writes – as is common on blogs written by one person or many – in the first person plural”.
“We have the audacity of hope that Big Media, out of its own self-interest, will soon begin to dig into the dubious activities of the Chicago mob, including the potential theft of the Iowa caucuses,” the site wrote earlier this month.”
“The site is regularly updated on an inexpensive, but not free, blogging platform called WordPress. And its choppy graphics disguise a competence and familiarity with the insider language of politics.”
“HillaryIs44 might look amateurish, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the author is a professional political operative,” said Philip de Vellis, a new media consultant at … his firm advises New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, but de Vellis is best known as the once-anonymous creator of a viral video casting Clinton as Big Brother.)”
“If you lift back the thin veil of snark, you’re left with blog posts that suspiciously resemble political-style research documents. The blend of rhetoric with direct quotes from mainstream media sources looks eerily similar to the backup materials made by campaigns to shape media coverage,” de Vellis said”.
“ … And in terms of the attention it gets, HillaryIs44 is a drop in the ocean of bitterly anti-Clinton sentiment on the Web that’s evident to anyone with access to Google. But the site has still inspired a guessing game about its origins among political aficionados with leanings toward the obsessive.”
“And the site is also having a growing impact. In the lively comment section – it’s not uncommon to see more than 200 comments under a recent post – supporters also exchange tips and encouragement for offline campaign activities.”
— Ben Smith on Politico December 11, 2007
“Remember that mysterious pro-Clinton website called Hillaryis44 that attacked Obama early in 2007, when no one else dared to?”
– one of many who claimed to know who admin is
Yes, we will remember—we will never forget.
Admin, you were the first to raise a brave banner for Hillary out in the wilderness of political cyberspace, when media opinion was still debating the effectiveness of the blogs in shaping the political scene.
BIG PINK IS BORN
(We do not hesitate to show its birth certificate – HERE.)
url popup: “Hillary is 44 celebrates the woman who will be the 44th president of the United States and provides commentary to refute big media and so-called progressive blogs and journalists who utilize Republican propaganda to attack Hillary.
• admin Says:
August 7th, 2008 at 3:40 am
When we started the website it was a lonely and loony internet world for Hillary supporters. Part of our mission was to spur a resistance movement in support of Hillary. Is it inappropriate to say “Mission Accomplished”?
• Idunn Says:
August 7th, 2008 at 7:54 am
Hell no it’s not inappropriate!!
There may be fancier and flashier HRC sites that are part of the resistance NOW, but Big Pink was out there fighting the fight long before the rest of the resistance fighters ever got on board. We took the hard hits the enemy dished out, and cleared the front lines, so that there was a way made for those bigger, fancier, flashier sites that came later.
We didn’t feel the need to “refine” our words, or present an “appropriate” face and we still have the mud and grit and blood all over us to prove it. I’m proud as HELL of that!
Some of “the mud:”
The amount of crazy on hillaryis44.com is just mind-boggling!
– batshit-insane Clinton supporters like the crazy ones at Hillaryis44.com.
– Hillaryis44 actually wants Obama to concede. WTF?
– “ I just hopped over to Hillaryis44. They’ve been driven into a type of madness that could only be fully captured by Lovecraft.
– ABC News’ Jake Tapper pointed out in his Political Punch blog Monday that the Web site doesn’t just target Obama — it has fellow Democratic hopeful John Edwards in its sights as well.
– We’ve got to work to discredit this website HillaryIs44.org
– There (sic) a bunch of stupid racist bitches.
– And, of course, No Quarter is an offshoot of the Ku Klux Klan, as is Hillaryis44.org.
– I love that the Hillaryis44 people constantly harp on the sexism of Obama and his … The amount of venom and hatred I’ve seen on Hillaryis44 is disgusting, …
– didn’t I know the a#@holes over at HillaryIs44 would have a listing of negative …
– Hillaryis44.org MUST Shut Down;
– This morning I surfed over to hillaryis44.org just to see what those creepy-crawlies were up to. Did they throw in the towel? Er… no. …
They insisted that the site was insignificant, that it should simply be ignored. But they didn’t ignore it. They quoted and copied it. They spent a lot of energy trying to put Big Pink down. Googling HIllaryis44.org reveals almost endless references. Someone at the big orange site was so obsessed they did a careful study in a selected month of the names of bloggers on 44 and how many times each one posted a comment. Other sites copied the list in order to prove they had a greater number of comments in the same period of time. They didn’t mention that 44 was not a place to dump unrelated, unresearched remarks – it was selective.
We came here to join admin in defending Hillary Rodham Clinton against a shocking barrage of blatant misogyny, rampant sexism, false accusations of racism and slurs against her record. The rest of the blogs displayed not only a lack of fair judgment but a lack of common sense in supporting a man with no qualifications for the job of POTUS in preference to one of the most talented and accomplished statespersons in generations.
Here on Hillaryis44 we share the daily political news, call it as we see it, and yes, cuss out cheats, phonies, and liars throughout the still evolving drama of this historic election season while we go digging for knowledge and understanding of events, always with a weather eye out for the good of the country. We are Democrats, but we think independently. A political party is not a religion.
Gradually, as corruption in the Democratic Party and injustice in the election process became more obvious, other protesting blogsites appeared, but none have presented the case for HRC against her opposers and detractors and put the finger on the spineless and unprincipled as well as admin.
“Always ahead of the curve, admin was talking about Rezko, astro-turf, links to lobbyists, etc….”
Points and arguments admin made months ago, some from the first posts over a year ago, eventually were investigated and written up on new websites under the active coalition of Just Say No Deal and PUMA representing a massive revolt of voters who refused to support the current UN-Democratic Party’s corruption in rigging the nomination. admin saw it all coming. 44’s admin was the mother of them all.
“admin – never boastful of what is accomplished here, never exaggerating the contribution made here – a loud voice, an intelligent voice, well informed, perception always beyond the news, clear-sighted.
“admin definitely has the “pulse” of the populist movement. Understands the plight of all social stratas, demographics. Best attribute? Can spot a phony (BHO) a mile away. And that was back (a year and a half ago) before the best-sellers were out, Andy Martin or Evelyn Pringle articles. Like I said, always ahead of the curve……” — Birdgal
“admin says: Add .44 cents to the dollar amount of your Hillary for President Campaign contribution in order to let Hillary know of her grassroots support.”
admin’s inspiring and informative essays, dished up with admin’s delightful sense of humor – often snarky, teasing, sassy, always intelligent, always well referenced, provocative – have also been educational in areas of history, political processes and philosophies. admin provided us with a forum and encouraged us to explore, to be responsible in reporting, and to participate in the campaign by writing letters of protest, phone banking, GOTV in every state and reporting home on our activities while canvassing, working the polling places.
Some of us were already very knowing, some of us were already into GOTV, some of us long-time political activists, some of us were newbies to blogging as well as to politics, some of us had good writing skills and some were shy. And there have always been hordes of silent readers, some of whom post just once to say,
“I don’t have much of anything to say – you guys say it all – but I’m here reading every chance I get and try to follow up on all the links you post. Keep up the good work! My friends and I would be lost without this place to come to. MSM sucks.”
Probably no-one ever imagined we’d become a close-knit group, sharing jokes, caring about one another, yet warmly welcoming like-minded newcomers. We felt a kindness from admin whose comments, unobtrusively interacting among our own helped to lace us together in our running commentaries.
NewMexicoFan says: “The night of each primary how people worried and fretted and how we were wired real time into those sites that gave the results. … I found people that felt just like me: old, young, married, single, gay, straight, all cultures and all colors. I found out we feared the same, cheered the same, laughed and cried together.”
SKMF says: “44 was here from the beginning, and it was always a GUERILLA site that stressed activism and a militant approach for Hillary supporters to put our agenda and candidate forward. Many original and early people we don’t see anymore have left to carry on the fight in their own way. Many stayed and changed their names after the bots invaded. But the point is that the movement started here at 44 before it started at noquarter, taylor’s, riverdaughters or anywhere else that I know of … so it is also a tribute to the movement spawned at 44 that will hopefully bring about change for generations to come.”
“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” wrote Wendell Phillips.
There can be no democratic society without an informed and active citizenry. Those who are too lazy, too busy, too complacent, too eager to do the accepted thing, too timid to question authority or too easily seduced by sensation over substance, are doomed to exploitation and domination as drones.
Our democracy is an ongoing creation in the evolution of humanity. From time to time certain infections must be squeezed and cleansed if we are to continue to progress. Whenever you find sickness among those in power, you will find intelligent men and women of character fighting for health. The Spirit of ’76 is still alive in this country. As big Media and our Democratic Party failed us in this election cycle, we found a new channel. We found Hillaryis44. We found the voice of a patriot, a defender of justice. We found admin who made it possible for us to find one another and let the world know who the real democrats are.
— lil ole grape
admin, we salute you and thank you!
– The Hillary is 44 Warriors