A group calling itself HRC Super Volunteers has a list of 13 words it doesn't want the press using to describe her.
New York Times political reporter Amy Chozick tweeted out the list she said she received in an email from the group coming to Clinton's defense. The group described the words as "coded sexism."
Among the words and phrases the group believes are sexist: polarizing, calculating, disingenuous, insincere, ambitious, inevitable, entitled, over confident, secretive, "will do anything to win," "represents the past," and "out of touch."
The group joined Twitter on Wednesday casting a general warning to the media against sexism, and retweeting Chozick's tweets.
The group's Twitter page had just 210 followers on Thursday afternoon and points to ReadyForHillary.com,
which is urging a Clinton run. Its icon is a controversial Hillary Clinton campaign poster
from 2008 that has been compared to posters for Chinese dictator Mao Zedong.
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The Washington Post noted
that the words have been used against Clinton in the past, but typically by Clinton's opponents or conservative media. Neither group would likely be swayed by a warning that they would "be on notice."
A quick online search returns Clinton's name with the word "ambitious" 556,000 times.
That's far more than most of the male GOP field, but Clinton also has been well known for far longer.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who officially announced his candidacy on Monday, still shows an impressive 120,000 results.
One of those was a Monday New York Times story
headlined, "Ted Cruz, an Ambitious Conservative With Sharp Elbows."
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker pulled in 163,000 hits; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie 92,400; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush 79,300; and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul 54,300.
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina also has hinted at a run as a Republican. Fiorina, like Clinton, is a woman, but had only 18,700 results when her name was paired with "ambitious."
"[N]obody runs for president without having an extraordinary amount of ambition," the Post's Aaron Blake wrote. "Not Ted Cruz, not Barack Obama, not Mitt Romney or Jeb Bush, and definitely not Bill Clinton —
all of whom have had their unusual amount of ambition chewed over by the media."
"Polarizing," he noted, describes just about every politician, including Obama and George W. Bush.
Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh
on Wednesday compared the ban on criticizing Clinton to calls of racism when conservatives criticize Obama.
Limbaugh called it a "rule of firsts," that Obama, as the first black president is beyond criticism. Clinton, as the first female president, would enjoy similar status, he said.
But, Limbaugh added, the rule doesn't work for Republicans.
"The rule of firsts, the rule of no criticism of firsts did not apply, for example, to the first female secretary of state — the first black female. That was Condoleezza Rice. And it was open season," he told his radio audience. "The fact that she was the first black female secretary of state did not make her immune to criticism. Because she was a Republican. In fact, she was Sarah Palin-ed."
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