By Peter Daou and Tom Watson
We launched #HillaryMen on June 11, 2015 with a post titled A Woman Leading America – If Not Now, When? In the piece, we explained our vocal and unabashed advocacy for Hillary Clinton:
Hillary's inclusive vision, unwavering commitment to public service, progressive policies and unparalleled experience make her one of the best (and best qualified) candidates ever to seek the presidency. If Hillary cannot become the first woman in history to cross the presidential finish line, who can? If not now, when? When will we show our daughters that a woman can be president?
In the months since we published those words, we’ve written nearly 100 articles, debunked misleading polls, exposed shadowy conservative oppo groups, battled sexism in the media, introduced one of the most durable hashtags of the 2016 campaign and reached hundreds of thousands of Hillary supporters across America.
On November 13, Alyssa Bereznak wrote about #HillaryMen for Yahoo News:
Launched four months ago by former Clinton campaign digital strategist Peter Daou and Columbia lecturer Tom Watson, the unlikely site is a coalition of “fathers, brothers, husbands and sons” dedicated to dissecting the discussion around Clinton’s campaign with an eye toward identifying and fighting back against sexism in campaign 2016.
During the summer, when Hillary was under relentless assault, we cautioned that Democrats should resist second guessing her campaign:
The swiftness of the changing circumstances in the 2016 race has caught many people by surprise, even those who have aggressively worked to create that change. For Hillary’s supporters, this past summer has been the equivalent of a sudden hundred foot drop during turbulence, where passengers catch their breath, grab their seats with sweaty palms and pray that the pilots can guide them to smoother skies.
It is typically at this point in many a long slog to the presidency that candidates and campaigns come under intense scrutiny and criticism from their own parties and their own supporters. At this nose-bleed altitude, American politics is rocky and unpredictable. Guiding a massive craft through a line of towering storms is no easy task. Everyone worries, and everyone has advice to give. This is especially true of Democrats.
But at the end of the day, going wobbly never helps. Second guessing the campaign exacerbates negative narratives. In Hillary’s case, her detractors are salivating at the thought of Democratic infighting. The masters of framing want desperately to tell the story of a campaign with its wheels coming off, a candidate flailing, a party lost at sea, a Clinton finally crashing and burning.
Feeding that narrative is anathema to us.
Weeks before Bernie Sanders famously told America he was tired of Hillary’s “damn emails” we posted Reality Check: “Working families like mine don't give a damn about Hillary's emails.”
On September 19, long before the media and pundits noticed Hillary’s rebound, we wrote:
Humans are slow to see paradigm shifts. Typically, it is only in hindsight that we realize the ground has shifted. So far in this presidential race, it shifted once against Hillary. It is now shifting back in her favor. It may be imperceptible to many outside observers, but to anyone who has worked on a national campaign, there’s a gut sense of when the worm has turned. It has turned for Hillary.
At every step we have been guided by the knowledge that Hillary is the candidate with the vision and character to lead America.
We are incredibly gratified by the success of #HillaryMen, which we attribute entirely to the dedication and passion of Hillary’s grassroots supporters, who defy the absurd claim that her supporters lack enthusiasm.
We’re equally excited to share this news, as reported by the Huffington Post:
Hillary Clinton ally David Brock is acquiring a media outlet, sources involved in the negotiation and sale of the site tell The Huffington Post. True Blue Media, a newly formed company incorporated by Brock, has acquired progressive news website Blue Nation Review. Peter Daou, digital media strategist for Clinton's 2008 campaign, will serve as the new CEO of True Blue Media.
As Peter works with David Brock (founder of Media Matters) to build this new media platform, Tom and Peter will both continue posting on Twitter and Facebook using the #HillaryMen hashtag, fighting back whenever Hillary is under attack and calling out gender bias wherever and however it rears its ugly head.
In the meantime, we’ll keep you updated as the new platform gets closer to launch.
Thanks for your continued support of Hillary!
Peter Daou and Tom Watson founded #HillaryMen to provide actionable analysis of the 2016 campaign focusing on the gender barrier in U.S. politics. Peter is a former senior digital adviser to Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative. He is a veteran of two presidential campaigns (Kerry '04 and Clinton '08). Tom is an author and Columbia University lecturer who advises companies and non-profits on social activism.