As Hillary Clinton learned today, there is a long tradition of political figures getting stuff thrown at them. And the stuff-throwers are almost always very proud of themselves and the statement they have made with footwear, food and party decorations. Sometimes, however, they very much regret it.
Here they are, ranked in order of how pleased they are with themselves, from worst (it wasn't worth it) to first (my greatest shining moment):
6. John Prescott, Deputy Prime Minister of England
5. Sarah Palin, former vice presidential candidate
4. Various Republicans
Remember 2011-2012, when glitter-bombing was big? Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney and more were victims of the pro-gay rights protest. Santorum got hit so often that in some cases, it was a pretty casual exchange, with Santorum and protestor going their own separate ways afterwards. The glitter-tossers never seemed like they particularly enjoyed what they were doing, nor did their targets seem to mind the attack. And then it turned out that you could be charged with "firing a missile" and six months in jail for it. The contrite protestor who faced that charge said it was "my epic downfall and I'll never do it again."
3. George W. Bush, President
2. Hillary Clinton, former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State
She may not have connected with her target, but the unidentified woman who launched a shoe at the possible 2016 presidential candidate is still pretty damn proud of herself. After the shoe toss, she walked right up to the authorities and turned herself in, then marched out of the auditorium, hands thrust in the air, even though it doesn't appear that security officers ordered her to do so.
1. Roxana Baldetti, vice president of Guatemala
No one has ever been so thrilled with herself as Dayra Cotton was after tossing flour in the face of her country's second in command. After hitting Roxana Baldetti in the face with the grain, sending her to the hospital with difficulty breathing, Cotton smirked her way to the auditorium lobby, where she had an impromptu press conference.
"I have the right to express myself freely," she shrugged.
Seriously, have you ever seen someone as self-satisfied as Cotton in this freeze frame just moments before she unleashed her grain weapon?