Hillary Clinton is so wildly popular right now that important people are begging her to run for president and mayor of New York, but it's worth remembering that America didn't always love her so much. At a Washington forum over the weekend, Clinton was the subject of a fawning biographical video that included interviews with Benjamin Netanyahu, Ehud Barak, Tzipi Livni, and John Kerry and convinced the room that "she's running," The New Yorker's David Remnick wrote Monday. But that's not all! In Tuesday's New York Times, Michael Barbaro reports that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg phoned Clinton to suggest she run for his job.
There are several reasons Clinton is so popular right now. She's appears to be a more enticing 2016 presidential candidate than Joe Biden, leading him by more than 40 percent in some hypothetical polls. And of course there's the reality that in her perch as Secretary of State, where she enjoys a 65 percent approval rating and has risen above petty partisan fights: Clinton hasn't had to negotiate with Republicans on the budget, or talk about welfare rules, or push for health care reform. And let's not forget that when she was associated with those things, in the job that made her famous — First Lady — it was not such easy going. With the political world bestowing sainthood upon Clinton right now, let's travel back in time to the 1990s and see what it looks like when Hillary falls back to earth to deal with its many unpleasantries.
Hillary the ball-crushing tyrant was a popular theme.
1990s T-shirt: $55. This was a real zinger back in the day.
Cardboard cutout of Clinton in a Bettie Page costume, $14.99.
A reference to Hillarycare for $29.99.
When Clinton was getting ready to run for president, the theme returned. This Hillary nutcracker is $7.99.
Corruption was another major Hillary theme.
1990s laundry bag: $35. (Note the Soviet symbols in the bottom corners.)
Buy Clintonopoly now for $15.
And for $15.99, you can clean your toilet with Clinton's head. I don't know if this is meant to associate her with filth and corruption or just for the sake of general humiliation, but still: it's something.
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