Hillary is supposed to announce her presidential run at 3 p.m. Eastern today.

In the run up, the notorious Clinton smear machine already is lashing out at critics.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, a progressive, made a reasonable statement that he wanted to hear more about her vision before he formally endorsed her:

The response for Democratic operative Hillary Rosen (who famously disparaged Ann Romney), was a not too thinly veiled threat.

Meanwhile, Hillary critics are being smeared as sexist by Democratic operatives at Think Progress and Media Matters:

None of this is surprising.

Hillary is a completely packaged, contrived candidate.

Anything that upsets the packaging by image consultants is such a threat that accusations of sexism will become routine, and part of the strategy.