There is a flower planter, taller than the average man and shaped like Rick Perry's head, for sale on eBay for $4,500 right now. Six feet tall? It couldn't be real. But it was! The Atlantic Wire checked with the seller, Cow Wow Liquid Compost, and were enthusiastically told, "Oh yeah it's real." And huge. During the 2010 Texas gubernatorial election, the fertilizer company commissioned Perry's head and that of his rival, Bill White, and had fans vote on which one could grow the best hair (ivy). White won. But the Republican presidential candidates don't have to be in a manure contest to inspire people to make weird things featuring their likenesses and put them on eBay. Here are some of the best.
Bachmann inspires intense reactions from fans and foes. This painting, by Dan Lacey -- the guy who paints pancakes on people's heads -- is a reference to the time Bachmann said she shared a hometown with John Wayne. But it was really John Wayne Gacy, the serial killer, who had spent time in Waterloo, Iowa. Lacey is selling this print for $20.
These non-traditional Bachmann buttons are very girl-powery for $9.99.
This mask, at $11.99, claims to be Mitt Romney. But, really, it could be any older white guy -- a metaphor, perhaps, for the candidate's famous blandness.
This pin ($4.95) is based on a political cartoon from Romney's time managing the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
These cuff links ($24.99) say "Mitt Romney Presidential Candidate."
This rebel flag button ($3.99) is probably not endorsed by the Gingrich campaign.
The best Gingrich items are from the 1990s, like this 1995 paper doll book, which comes with other Republican trading cards, on sale for $12.50.
This coin ($15.00) is billed as the "Ugliest Medal of Bob Dole & Newt Gingrich ever made."
While this button ($3.99) gets bonus points for integrating Cain's biography -- he was the CEO of Godfather's Pizza -- the creator appears to fundamentally misunderstand the message of the Tea Party with the twist on Herbert Hoover's famous campaign slogan in 1928.
Palin -- who hinted she's not running Tuesday night -- has inspired the most trinkets by far. This jar, at $75, is one of the worst.
And this bumper sticker -- $7.99 -- is one of the best, because even though it's supportive of the Mama Grizzly, it still captures her famous sneer.
And if you don't see Palin enough on the news, you can fall asleep under her watchful eye with this life-sized cardboard cutout for $28.95.
Note: Neither Tim Pawlenty, who dropped out of the race last month, nor Jon Huntsman, who is struggling in the polls, inspired much creativity on eBay.
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