As the new school year gets fully under way and presidential hopefuls work the young voter circuit via social networking websites, one online group — Facebook’s “Stop Hillary Clinton (One Million Strong AGAINST Hillary)” — is seriously outpacing its pro-candidate rivals in attracting new members.
With more than 418,000 members, Stop Hillary Clinton has now surpassed “Barack Obama (One Million Strong for Barack)” as the largest group for or against a presidential candidate on Facebook. (The pro-Obama group has 355,000 members.)
The anti-Clinton group is growing at 10 percent per month, said Micah Sifry, co-director of Tech President, a blog group that tracks and studies how political candidates use the Web.
And, while there are dozens of pro-Clinton groups on Facebook, they tend to be much smaller. The two largest — “Hillary Clinton for President — One Million Strong” and “Hillary ’08” — have a combined membership of just fewer than 10,000. When asked if there were any pro-Clinton groups on Facebook comparable in size to Stop Hillary Clinton, Facebook spokesman Matt Hicks said, “I haven’t seen any.”
Political analysts aren’t surprised. Clinton has had a polarizing effect on voters since her days as first lady. “Hillary Clinton is one of the most divisive political figures of our time,” veteran GOP consultant Rick Wilson said. “People feel empowered by the Facebook effect. This group is growing organically. It’s not some sort of Republican plan by Karl Rove in the background.”
But Sifry believes Stop Hillary Clinton members are united not only by Clinton’s negatives but also by the fact that moderate voters in both parties, and especially in the GOP, are struggling to find a candidate to rally behind.
No matter what side of the aisle, many simply cannot fathom Hillary Clinton ever becoming president.
If you are one of these people, then you can go here (you have to join facebook to join this group, it only takes a few seconds)and join with a coalition of people, from both sides of the political aisle that are against Hillary Clinton.
At the time of writing this, this facebook group has 421,938 members.
From the facebook page:
Congratulations to everyone for helping us surpass the much heralded Barack Obama group. We all recognize this as a place where those on the left and right can come together to oppose the election of Hillary Clinton.
In addition to recruiting your friends to join this group it is important that you take a look at $1 Million Strong Against Hillary and join! Visit it here: http://american.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2407099680&ref=mf
Stop Hillary Clinton: (One Million Strong AGAINST Hillary)
Type: Common Interest - Politics
Democrats, Republicans, and Independents can now unite behind a single cause- that of ensuring Hillary Clinton is not elected President of the United States.
Whether you are supporting Rudy Giuliani or Mitt Romney, John Edwards or Barack Obama a single goal exists, to ensure that another Clinton is not put into the White House.
Join today and invite your friends!
Stop Hillary Clinton, lets help them reach their one million mark.